Two writers sail to a small island to search for a lost portrait of a beloved French writer.



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Weight .34 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 5 × .3 in

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On the Greek island of Patmos, where St. John received the Book of Revelation, two writers find themselves mired in an uneasy sense of timelessness, where history and the present jumble together. As they hunt for a lost portrait of the iconic gay novelist Hervé Guibert, they discover that the island’s insistent isolation from the global catastrophe surrounding it, from the refugees interned on nearby Samos to the fascist rise in Europe and the United States, is more pose than reality.


Haunting and beautiful and full of phantoms past and present, Skyland rewrites the mythic.

-Chloe Aridjis
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ISBN: 9781643620275
Paperback, 128 pages, 5 x 7
Publication Date: July 7, 2020

Durbin’s loose, impressionistic novella — about a writer who visits the Greek island of Patmos to find a painting of the cult novelist Hervé Guibert — offers many of the sly insights and scabrous pleasures of Guibert’s own work.

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Andrew Durbin is a writer who lives in London, where is the editor of frieze magazine. He is the author of Mature Themes (2014) and MacArthur Park (2017), both from …

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