London: Chatto & Windus, 1993. 1st Edition. large octavo, publisher's pine cloth, spine gilt, top edge stained green, original illustrated dust jacket.
"How terribly quickly things go away into the past and people become ghosts, first vivid ghosts, then pale ghosts, then just names, then–nothing." First edition of prolific Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch’s twenty-fifth 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. Blending Christian myth with Arthurian legend, this philosophical thriller-cum-comedy of errors takes place in modern London and details a series of disturbing occurrences and conflicts among a small group of friends ignited by a murder. Murdoch's penultimate novel, the book is also a loose parody of the medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #6369