Graham Swift: The Light of Day

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Swift's seventh novel The Light of Day (2003), a profound investigation into the nature of love and loss, was published seven years after the Booker-prize-winner Last Orders (1996). Disguised as a murder story with a detective as protagonist, the novel explores the motives behind all acts of love, whether they are crimes of passion or declarations of everlasting devotion. Elements familiar from Swift's previous six novels, such as an anachronic structure that engages the reader in suspenseful reconstruction of a jigsaw puzzle and a hesitant, traumatized narrator, suggest this author's continuing interest in narrating tales of loss and transcendence.

As in Last Orders, the plot focuses on one day: November 2…

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Logotheti, Anastasia. "The Light of Day". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 September 2004
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