Book review: The Missing Shade of Blue, By Jennie Erdal
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 16 August 2013
Both a "philosophical adventure" and a bittersweet tragi-comedy of reason and passion, Erdal's fictional debut unfolds in Edinburgh under the sceptical eye of David Hume.
Lonely, Parisian-raised translator Edgar arrives to study the Enlightenment sage; once there, his life becomes entangled with those of Harry and Carrie, a self-destructive philosopher and his artist wife.
To invoke Iris Murdoch and Michael Frayn is not to slight the originality of Erdal's voice – merely to hint at the range of delights this smart but warm book promises.
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