By Glen Duncan
In a windowless cellphone, a guy hangs from a couple of handcuffs. he's an american. His torturer will cease at not anything to extract the knowledge he calls for. He, too, is an american. an afternoon and an evening and an afternoon is a Grand Inquisition for the twenty-first century, during which love, loyalty, cause, and fact are on trial, and morality hangs within the stability. it's the tale of Augustus Rose, an not likely operative in a terrorist community, and his interrogator, Harper, a ruthless ambassador for the darkest forces at paintings in our instances. past the legislation and with out wish of break out or reprieve, Augustus endures an emotional and actual attack that brings his entire lifestyles less than brutal scrutiny: his race, faith, politics, and earlier, the folk he has enjoyed, and the few he's nonetheless eager to safeguard. on my own and likely of demise, Augustus increases the single safeguard he has: reminiscence. He recalls his outcast Euro-American mom, Juliet, whose erratic love was once safe haven from the unforgiving streets of Harlem within the Fifties; he remembers the unusual solace of Elise Merkete, the ravaged vigilante who recruited him into the ranks of her underground military; he relives the cool contact of the younger Spanish prostitute, In?s, maybe the final girl tenderness he is ever more likely to understand. Outshining all of them is the reminiscence of Selina, a beautiful, bothered, and rebellious white long island aristocrat. Their epic, taboo love affair, started in Sixties long island, may yield a lifetime's worthy of ardour, heartbreak, and wanderlust, prime Augustus from Harlem to Greenwich Village, from El Salvador to Barcelona, from Morocco to a bleak British island the place loss of life turns out his merely spouse. Dramatic, far-reaching, and wonderfully written, an afternoon and an evening and an afternoon is either a piercing love tale and a well timed, harrowing review of the form the Western global is taking.
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Harper smiles and says, “Academic interest only. ” He slides the chair back under Augustus’s feet so he can stand and take the strain out of his arms. The blood in his shoulders begins unpacking itself, draining joy into him. Harper sits down, puts his hands in his pockets, stretches his legs. Come on, seriously, if you talk I’ll listen. Augustus doesn’t doubt it. This is the other thought he’s been avoiding, that Harper wants more than just the information, that his life’s gone a certain way and he can’t resist the opportunity to test the choices he’s made.
There’s something princely about that 46 A D ay a n d a N i g h t and a Day man, Juliet said. It’s like he’s embarrassed by his own nobility so has to do all that swaggering and clowning. I’d marry him tomorrow if he asked me. Augustus was seduced by the idea (for him too Cassius Clay rang with the force of The Other Realm) but in the middle of it had this vision of himself turning and knifing her in the neck. What would happen if he did that? Obviously he’d go to jail, but what would it really mean?
Selina was easily fractured by the beauty of certain animals. There had been a trip upstate to her aunt’s vacant summer house in Ghent, Edenic to Augustus, whose experience of greenery began and ended with Central Park. One afternoon he’d found Selina crying, silently, leaning on a fence, watching two horses in the meadow beyond. It’s they way they were nuzzling, she said, laughing, when he came close and put his arm round her. I know this is pathetic. I know this is anthropomorphic idiocy but they were being so gentle with each other.
A Day and a Night and a Day: A Novel by Glen Duncan