The Long Retreating Day – John Gaskin (Tartarus Press)



Pre-owned copy with a Faint odour of cigarette smoke
some minor wear to the cover
some spotting to the dustjacket
Some minor spotting to the  upper edge of the text block

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The ten atmospheric tales which make up The Long Retreating Day are the stuff of things flickering at the edge of experience.

We witness a student quarrel which brings forth its own bitter harvest; ancient gods that live in human nature are denied or worshipped at fearful cost; hubris at its darkest in academic life; malevolence that can linger from the past; and the shadows cast by future events. Sardonic, dramatic, urbane and sinister, these stories are grounded in real landscapes and informed by the strengths and failings of the human spirit.

Contents: ‘Preface’, ‘Three Songs of Youth’, ‘The Conceit of the Dancing Man’, ‘Tapiola’, ‘St John’s Wood’, ‘The High-Stepping Man’, ‘The Long Retreating Day’, ‘From Lydia with Love and Laughter’, ‘The Bay Platform’, ‘Rigor Mortis’, ‘Road Closed’, ‘Omega’, ‘Three Songs of Age’.