Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd review

By Steve Walker In Books

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23rd March, 2012
Early on in William Boyd’s new spy thriller, his hero consults a psychiatrist for help with his impotence. The doctor suggests an unconventional treatment called “parallelism”. Therein lies the grand opportunity for Boyd, one of the great storytellers writing today. Dandyish English actor Lysander Rief approaches the psychiatrist amid the growing unease of pre-World War I Vienna. His doctor’s “cure” relies on French philosopher Henri Bergson’s theories of the “fonction fabulatrice”, or ability to transport oneself into a parallel universe to construct different realities. By ...

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