Two Sisters

By Gore Vidal

Sisters is Gore Vidal's fictional memoir of a love affair with a stunning set of twins in post-war Paris - a narrative skilfully interwoven with notebooks, diaries and the bright fragment of a screenplay set in historical Greece. In seductive settings from a brothel in a Parisian backstreet to the rooftops of seventies Rome, Vidal assembles his characters, genuine and imagined: Cocteau and Tennessee Williams, Gide and Mailer rub shoulders with creations as unforgettable because the getting old femme fatale Marietta Donegal and Hollywood hustler and flagellant Murray Morris. All are sure jointly in a mesmerising fiction that builds to a rare end.

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