Item #6567 Hotel du Lac. Anita Brookner.
Hotel du Lac

Hotel du Lac

New York: Pantheon Books, 1984. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher’s natural cloth over tawny paper-covered boards, spine and upper board stamped in copper, original illustrated dust jacket.

"Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything." Signed first US edition of English author and art historian Anita Brookner’s prize-winning novel. Her fourth and most celebrated work of fiction, the narrative revolves around Edith Hope, a socially disgraced romance novelist holidaying at a Swiss hotel as she ponders her banishment from London society. Hotel du Lac is credited for establishing Brookner’s international reputation. She notably turned to fiction writing later in her career, and published her first novel, A Start in Life (1981), at the age of 53. Prior she had published monographs on the French Romantics, including Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Jean-Antoine Watteau, and Jacques-Louis David. While her work is widely considered autobiographical, in an interview with the Paris Review she stated, "[Fiction writing] was an exercise in self-analysis…I tried to make it as objective as possible—no self-pity and no self-justification. But what is interesting about self-analysis is that it leads nowhere—it is an art form in itself." Dust jacket designed by award-winning graphic designer Louise Fili. Signed on front free endpaper. Originally published in the UK in the same year. Light embrowning to pastedowns from binder's glue. Unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #6567


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