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Becoming a Londoner: A Diary free pdf "Nikos and I live together as lovers, as everyone knows, and we seem to be accepted "because" it's known that we are lovers. In fact, we are, according to the law, criminals in our making love with each other, but it is as if the laws don't apply. It is as if all the conventions of sex and clothes and art and music and drink and drugs don't apply here in London . . ."In the 1960s, strangers to their new city and from the different worlds of New York and Athens, David and Nikos embarked on a life together, a partnership that would endure for forty years. At a moment of "absolute respect for differences," London offered a freedom in love unattainable in their previous homes. Friendships with Stephen and Natasha Spender, Francis Bacon, Sonia Orwell, W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, and David Hockney, and meetings with such Bloomsbury luminaries as E. M. Forster and Duncan Grant, and a developing friendship with Philip Roth living in London with Claire Bloom, opened up worlds within worlds- connections appeared to crisscross, invisibly, through the air, interconnecting everyone. David Plante has kept a diary of his life for more than half a century. Both a deeply personal memoir and a fascinating and significant work of cultural history, this first volume spans his first twenty years in London, beginning in the mid-sixties, and pieces together fragments of diaries, notes, sketches, and drawings to reveal a beautiful, intimate portrait of a relationship and a luminous evocation of a world of writers, poets, artists, and thinkers.

About David Plante, MD

David Plante is the author of nine novels and "The Pure Lover," a memoir of grief on the death of Nikos Stangos, and has published stories, profiles, and features in the "New Yorker," the "New York Times," " Esquire," and "Vogue." The notebooks of his diary are kept in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library. He has both UK and U.S. citizenship and lives in London- Lucca, Italy- and Athens, Greece.

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Author : David Plante, MD
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Data Published : 24 September 2013
ISBN : 1620401886
EAN : 9781620401880
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 532 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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