Author(s): Anita Brookner; Helen Dunmore (Foreword by)
Hartmann was a German, Fibich an orphan of World War II....
A novel about human relationships, focusing, unusually for Brookner, on two male characters. Hartmann and Fibich met at school and 40 years later they can no more think of living apart than of divorcing their wives. This book deals with their gradual coming to terms with the emotional gaps in their lives.