The Limit

Rosalind Belben


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New York Review Books
12 September 2023
ISBN: 9781681377520
112 pages

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Anna, an Englishwoman, has married, quite late in life, a merchant marine officer, an Italian. Beginning—and ending—at a point shortly before her death, the story told in The Limit focuses attention on her past and his future along lines of narrowing perspective. In the ten years of this odd couple’s life together, the limits of devotion have somehow been reached. And yet, when Anna can no longer speak and appears to understand nothing, Ilario feels closer to her than ever. But Anna, so old, ill, and wasted, is a child again.

This altogether singular, remarkable novel has been as good as unobtainable for decades. Its reissue has been long awaited by Rosalind Belben’s admirers.