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Temporary Kings

Book 11 of A Dance to the Music of Time

Anthony Powell’s universally acclaimed epic A Dance to the Music of Time offers a matchless panorama of twentieth-century London. Now, for the first time in decades, readers in the United States can read the books of Dance as they were originally published—as twelve individual novels—but with a twenty-first-century twist: they’re available only as e-books.

In this penultimate volume, Temporary Kings (1973), Nick and his contemporaries are at the height of their various careers in the arts, business, and politics. X. Trapnel is dead, but his mystery continues to draw ghoulish interest from readers and academics alike—as well as from his lover, Pamela Widmerpool. Kenneth Widmerpool, meanwhile, is an MP with mysterious connections beyond the newly dropped Iron Curtain, but he continues to be tormented by Pamela; a spectacular explosion, Nick can’t help but realize, is imminent.

"Anthony Powell is the best living English novelist by far. His admirers are addicts, let us face it, held in thrall by a magician."--Chicago Tribune

"A book which creates a world and explores it in depth, which ponders changing relationships and values, which creates brilliantly living and diverse characters and then watches them grow and change in their milieu. . . . Powell’s world is as large and as complex as Proust’s."--Elizabeth Janeway, New York Times

"One of the most important works of fiction since the Second World War. . . . The novel looked, as it began, something like a comedy of manners; then, for a while, like a tragedy of manners; now like a vastly entertaining, deeply melancholy, yet somehow courageous statement about human experience."--Naomi Bliven, New Yorker

 

“The most brilliant and penetrating novelist we have.”--Kingsley Amis

See all volumes of Dance to the Music of Time.


284 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 | © 1973

Fiction

Table of Contents

Dedication

 1. THE SMELL OF VENICE SUFFUSED the night...

 2. THE BRAGADIN PALACE WAS APPROACHED on foot...

 3. DANIEL TOKENHOUSE RANG UP THE following morning...

 4. BAGSHAW WAS AT ONCE ATTENTIVE to the idea...

 5. EACH RECRIMINATIVE DECADE POSES NEW riddles...

 6. GWINNETT WROTE ME A LONGISH letter...
 

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