A stunning, darkly comic consideration of love, grief, the appeal of gin, and the artist's role in times of war. Edward Dacres is an unforgettable anti-hero, a dissolute painter whose fortunes in London have dwindled to nothing by the autumn of 1939. When a misdirected letter invites him to take part in a delegation to bring art to the Colonies, as it were, he seizes the opportunity to leave England. Once in North America, Dacres is forced by a series of mishaps to abandon the delegation and seek survival by any means. In ...

Goya's Dog 2009, Hamish Hamilton

ISBN-13: 9780670069736