By Glen Duncan
In a windowless mobilephone, a guy hangs from a couple of handcuffs. he's an american. His torturer will cease at not anything to extract the data 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 going 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 desire of break out or reprieve, Augustus endures an emotional and actual attack that brings his complete lifestyles lower than brutal scrutiny: his race, faith, politics, and previous, the folks he has enjoyed, and the few he's nonetheless desirous to guard. by myself and sure of dying, Augustus increases the one defend he has: reminiscence. He recalls his outcast Euro-American mom, Juliet, whose erratic love used to be shelter from the unforgiving streets of Harlem within the Fifties; he recollects 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, might be the final lady tenderness he is ever prone to be aware of. Outshining all of them is the reminiscence of Selina, a gorgeous, afflicted, and rebellious white ny aristocrat. Their epic, taboo love affair, all started in Sixties big apple, could yield a lifetime's worthy of ardour, heartbreak, and wanderlust, top Augustus from Harlem to Greenwich Village, from El Salvador to Barcelona, from Morocco to a bleak British island the place demise turns out his merely spouse. Dramatic, far-reaching, and fantastically written, an afternoon and an evening and an afternoon is either a piercing love tale and a well timed, harrowing assessment of the form the Western global is taking.
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He couldn’t say what it meant, but it was as if he’d been given a crucial clue. He felt a great fondness for Socrates, whoever the fuck he was. “Truth, certainty, first principles, all the big franchises,” Harper says. “I was reading a movie review the other day, Superman Returns. ’ Sometimes you get a big articulation from an absurd little context—because that’s what the world is now, a tired franchise. The whole business of being born and working and screwing and getting ill and dying. I’m not just talking about the west.
His wrists are on fire. A film of wet heat clings to his 57 G l en Du n ca n face. The waistband of his trousers has slipped down to expose his pelvis and the sensitive zone above his pubes Selina used to deliberately dawdle over. That they haven’t touched him there yet makes the area a screaming invitation. The predictability of his future adds to the room’s bulk of warmth. He imagines a camera zooming out from him suspended here—room, building, desert, city, country, world—how quickly the details of his situation would get lost.
Its doors gasp open and passengers one by one alight with a processional quality that mesmerizes him. Time seems to stand still. The brightly lit bus remains stationary, doors open, engine running. The driver looks down at Augustus, nods, then turns his attention to a newspaper folded against the steering wheel. For a few moments this stasis feels dreamily hellish to Augustus, as if he’s died and been assigned a mild damnation. Then he understands: This is the terminus; the driver goes by the clock.
A Day and a Night and a Day: A Novel by Glen Duncan