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DIARY OF AN ADULTEROUS WOMAN

Curt Leviant

  • Original Title: DIARY OF AN ADULTEROUS WOMAN
  • Publication date: December 2001
  • Publisher: SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Country: US
  • 491 print pages
  • Dramedy

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21th century
  • Location setting: United States
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, LOVE / HATE, Love triangle, FAMILY, Adultery, Manipulation, Jealousy, Sex

Pitch

Two old friends reunite at their Jewish day school's reunion. Now in their early forties, Guido and Charlie become interested in the same married woman, the alluring Aviva. This triangular tale of love and lust is narrated from the point of view of all three characters.

Comments

The book received stunning reviews both in the USA and in Europe. Critics compared Leviant to Milan Kundera, James Joyce, Nabokov, Tolstoy, Vargas-Llosa, Flaubert!

The book was listed as one of TWENTY BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR, and one of THE SEVEN BEST NOVELS.

Curt Leviant (born in 1932 in Vienna) is a retired Jewish Studies professor, as well as a novelist and translator. He came to the United States in 1938. He was also a book reviewer, with reviews appearing in The New York Times, The Nation, and other publications. His novels include THE MAN WHO THOUGHT HE WAS MESSIAH and DIARY OF AN ADULTEROUS WOMAN.

Summary

Two old friends reunite at their private day school’s reunion in New York. Now in their early forties, Guido, a photographer, and Charlie, a psychologist, become interested in the same married woman, the alluring Aviva, a cello teacher. Unbeknownst to Guido, Charlie has Aviva as his patient. Meanwhile, Aviva knows nothing about the connection between the two men.
In this darkly comic tale of love and lust, we see the ensuing triangular relationship from the point of view of all three characters. As complications escalate, the three protagonists cope with jealousy, the longing for stability, and the difficulty of keeping secrets. As with most love affairs, the end is heartbreak.

Kirkus review

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  • Author’s biography

    Curt Leviant (born in 1932 in Vienna) is a retired Jewish Studies professor, as well as a novelist and translator. He came to the United States in 1938. He was also a book reviewer, with reviews appearing in The New York Times, The Nation, and other publications. His novels include THE MAN WHO THOUGHT HE WAS MESSIAH and DIARY OF AN ADULTEROUS WOMAN.