White Shadows, Memories of Marienbad

Author(s): Philip Temple

New Zealand Fiction

Marienbad, the central European spa resort, is immortalised in the romantic imagination for its legendary doomed love affairs - Goethe and Ulrike von Levetzow, Chopin and Marie Wodzinska, Edward VII and Mizzi Pistl, Franz Kafka and Felice Bauer. In a Marienbad winter, within its ambience of history and allusion, theatre and illusion, a modern pair of lovers look for the cure that eluded all their famous precursors. Echoing the dÃÂéjÃÂà vu of Alain Resnais' classic movie 'Last Year at Marienbad', they track the pristine forest snows in pursuit of answers to questions that all lovers have sought throughout history.
Mysterious and evocative, tantalising and erotic, White Shadows explores the qualities of love and obsession.


Product Information

White Shadows, Memories of Marienbad, is Philip Temple's 7th work of fiction, the latest addition to a remarkable array of work by the most versatile writer in NZ. His earlier novels were published overseas and he has won awards for his children's books, historical biographies and tv documentaries. He has also published photographic books, political works and walking track guides. His recent memoir The Last True Explorer has been translated into German and Italian. Among various fellowships, Philip Temple has been the Robert Burns Fellow at the Uni of Otago, Katherine Mansfield Fellow at Menton and, most recently, the Creative NZ Berlin Writer in Residence, where he completed work on White Shadows. He lives in Dunedin with his partner, poet and novelist Diane Brown.

General Fields

  • : 9781869416997
  • : Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : 0.202
  • : March 2005
  • : 198x129mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Philip Temple
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 190
  • : BxW photographs