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By Alan Hollinghurst

Enthusiastic about certainly one of his students, instructor Edward Manners turns into embroiled in affairs with different males, yet purely after learning the existence and paintings of Symbolist painter Edgard Orst does he come to comprehend the results of obsession. 25,000 first printing.

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