The novel comprises fifty-three leers from Daniel Urwind, an aging bookseller, to his wife, who has left him for an indeterminate spell of greater freedom and study in the United States. The wife’s absence haunts the leers, which are often tales of Daniel’s daily rituals.
Daniel’s narration of mundanities approaches magical realism; memories of his wife, fantasies, bad dreams, monologues, and dialogues with the living and the dead coalesce in a complex layering of experience, past and present.
Urwind is a construct worthy of Bachelard’s Poetics of Space, and a pain l chronicle of the ending of a love.
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