The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

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Penguin Books, Limited, 2011 - 192 páginas
Gilbert Pinfold is a successful novelist of mature years, afflicted by insomnia and moments of paranoia and memory-loss. He decides to solve his problems by going on a cruise to the tropics, armed with writing materials and sleeping potions. But instead of the cure he seeks, the journey on board the Caliban spells disaster. Tormented by taunting voices in his cabin, Gilbert is brought to the very brink of insanity. Are the voices real or the product of his own feverish imagination? In this unsettling autobiographical novel, Evelyn Waugh vividly depicts his own mental breakdown - a terrifying ordeal of depression, hallucination and obession. Weaving dazzling wordplay and literary clues, The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold is a disquieting and sharply comic work of inventive genius.

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Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903, second son of Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of Alec Waugh, the popular novelist. He was educated at Lancing and Hertford College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). Waugh travelled extensively and also wrote several travel books, as well as a biography of Edmund Campion and Ronald Knox. Other famous works include his Sword of Honour trilogy, and Brideshead Revisited (1945).

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