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The Impossible Object

The Impossible Object

By Nicholas Mosley

Published by Hodder & Stoughton

In eight carefully connected stories that are joined by introspective interludes on related subjects, the author pursues the notion, through the lives of a couple seen by different narrators, that ‘those who like unhappy ends can have them, and those who don't will have to look for them.’ The impossible object of the title, ‘the triangle that can exist in two dimensions but not in three,’ is a controlling symbol for the impossibility of realizing the good life unless one recognizes the impossibility of attaining it: only then can it be possible to realize it, through a kind of renunciation, especially in ‘a sophisticated, corrupt, chaotic world.’