THE DOUBLE DARKNESS by Edward Fenton

THE DOUBLE DARKNESS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A first novel by a writer whose short stories have already had literary recognition. The talent here is distinct -- there is a sharp sense of place, of mood, an imagery touched off by realism. The story is concerned with Athens, after its liberation, but still a fear-ridden, death-ridden city, and with the lance corporal who takes on the identity of the Greek he had not meant to kill. Wandering through the city, he spends a night with the effete, effeminate Pavlides, escapes, and is finally rescued by Maro, a girl, who takes him to a house harboring blinded soldiers, a house of ""double darkness"". Falling in love with Maro, he joins the anti-British underground of which she and her brother are members. Eventually he loses her when all are forced into hiding, and gains his final freedom as he ships aboard a British vessel... A book for literary, perhaps, rather than popular appreciation.

Pub Date: June 5th, 1947
Publisher: Doubleday