London: Chatto & Windus, 1969. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s purple cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
"It's all a dream, he thought, one goes through life in a dream, it's all too hard." First edition of Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch’s twelfth novel. A master of the psychological, Murdoch is best known for her darkly comic fiction exploring virtue, morality, evil, sexuality, and the power of the unconscious, influenced by her education in classics and philosophy. Set in London, Bruno's Dream centers on the eponymous protagonist, an aging man obsessed with death, spiders, and reconciling with his estranged son. Written while Murdoch was working through the concept of Good and whether it could exist without belief in God, the novel reflects her assessment of philosophical themes and problems in the title essay of her collection The Sovereignty of Good (1970), in which Suffering, Love, and Death are her primary concerns. Dust jacket designed by Patricia Davey. Some rubbing and edgewear to price-clipped dust jacket. Very good. Item #6181