Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
In The Solid Mandala Patrick White draws a telling and touching portrait of twin brothers. Waldo is the competent man of reason, he sees himself as the superior intellect. Arthur, accepted as a half-wit is the innocent, God's fool, loving and outgoing in a blundering way. As they compete with and care for each other through half a century, their lives are inextricably intertwined - the two sides of a man's nature forming a totality.
“A tragi-comedy, suffused with an almost Shakespearian humanity.”
New York Review of Books
“He is more like Dostoevsky than Thomas Mann: his novels are maelstroms of the soul whose power resides in the nightmare detail which assails their protagonists. They testify to the beauty and contortion of the spirit as few others this century have done.”
“His most finished and powerful work.”
“Wonderfully fresh and human ... full of exhilarating energy and wit.”