How to Disappear
A Memoir for Misfits
Publication Year: 2013
Duncan Fallowell sets out to odd corners of the world in pursuit of some extraordinary and improbable characters who were in most cases momentarily famous—or infamous—and then simply disappeared. The first to disappear is the author himself—to a ghostly hotel on a Mediterranean island. His subjects, though unmet or hardly met, live for the reader with remarkable vividness, such as the German artist who bought a large island in the Hebrides and vanished immediately afterward, to the astonishment of its inhabitants. Fallowell tracks down the recluse who inspired Evelyn Waugh's creation Sebastian Flyte, the legendary love object of Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited, who wants both to forget the past and to cling to it. He even pursues the ultimate disappearance—the death of Princess Diana—and the miasma of shock, wonder, and grief that followed, writing "Mystification is absolutely essential to our feeling of being alive."
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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C O Sailing to Gozo
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W e are held for two days in Catania port by storms of unusual violence, and all Mount Aetna and much of the town have disappeared in a tur-the ship’s bar is without doubt the most repulsive I’ve ever rity of the word ‘civilisation’ whose very syllables rumble ggio’ bread-rolls take on a lurid, lysergic repulsiveness. My coffinlike retreat, all is rectilinear; all reference points are ...
C TThe Curious Caseof Bapsy Pavry
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O OTACAMUND 1975 — There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and Rita Wallace, Sarah Moffett and myself were steaming up the side of the Nilgiri giri’ means ‘blue’ and by the time we arrived it was evening hands but after three days of travelling – we’d left Kovalam flung Rita’s mattress into the air and on to the floor. Holes fully by my father six months later. But I thought that’s what ...
Waiting for Maruma
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S cotland is not a place I’d normally wish to visit, but Luca was persuasive. ‘I want you to do the story,’ he said. It was sunny and surprisingly warm in the our spirits. Well, Luca’s didn’t need lifting but mine did (it purchased the island – and them – after flying over it in a said ‘Who’s calling?’ and I, yet again, said who I was, and ‘Ah – so – right – well, can you tell me what the Maruma ...
Who wasAlastair Graham?
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A t the end of the nineteen-seventies I was living in the small town of Hay-on-Wye writing a book. Sev-eral times a week it was necessary to escape Hay’s ‘He wasn’t well-endowed in the other sense, I’m afraid.’said “You mustn’t talk to that man again. He’s well-bred – Brideshead Revisited and said ‘The great mystery is – where is pub – that it wasn’t until the following week that I recalled ...
Beyond theBlue Horizon
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I t had been the hottest August on record. The last day of the month came, a Sunday, and there was a good promenade concert that night at the Royal Albert Hall – rather, I’d noticed a café but hadn’t bothered to register ‘I can’t believe it…’ Goodness knows how long I remained weren’t enough either. Leaving the Ritz in Paris with a lover less daily round, of her children’s ineptitudes, of the crude ...
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Among the living and the dead, special thanks are due to Bruno Bayley, Rusi Dalal, James Loader, Dolores Maclaine- Clarke, Maruma, Steven Runciman, and Lincoln Townsend; to Jane Davidson for her encouragement and for permission to quote from her and Alastair Graham’s letters; ...
Page Count: 184
Publication Year: 2013
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth