Double Vision

A Novel

Pat Barker

Picador

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In the aftermath of covering 9/11, English war reporter Stephen Sharkey and photographer Ben Frobisher leave New York and part company. Stephen returns to the devastating discovery of the end of his marriage; while on assignment in Afghanistan Ben is killed. Retreating to the English countryside to write a book questioning the role of the war reporter and photographer Stephen enters into complicated relationships with Ben’s widow Kate, a sculptor, her disturbing and sinister young studio assistant, and a young au-pair. Set far from the literal theatre of war, Double Vision is nonetheless a novel about its representation and effects as Pat Barker once more lays bare the complexities of desire and violence.

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Christmas was over. Feeling a slightly shame-faced pleasure in the restoration of normality, Kate stripped the tree of lights and decorations, cut off the main branches and dragged the trunk down to the compost heap at the bottom of the garden. There she stood looking back at the house, empty again now—her mother and sister had left the morning after Boxing Day—seeing the lighted windows and reflected firelight almost as if she were a stranger, shut out. A few specks of cold rain found her eyelids and mouth. All around her the forest waited, humped in silence.

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Praise for Double Vision

"A story that is both terrifying and fascinating....Wholly engrossing."
--Neil Gordon, New York Times Book Review
"One doesn't often find the caliber of writing displayed in Barker's latest, a compulsively readable novel."
--Joanne Wilinson, Booklist
"As briskly taut as a thriller and, at the same time, a deeply thoughtful consideration of how our lives are changed by sweeping historical tragedy and everyday acts of violence...We keep paging rapidly through the novel, even as we pause to admire the trenchant reflections."
--Francine Prose, O Magazine

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Pat Barker

PAT BARKER is the author of nine novels, most recently Border Crossing. For her highly acclaimed Regeneration Trilogy, she was awarded the Guardian fiction prize and the Booker Prize. She lives in England.

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Double Vision
A Novel
Pat Barker

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
December 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312424107
ISBN10: 0312424108
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$18.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
December 2004
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429923200
ISBN10: 1429923202
272 pages
$7.99
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