A Lonely Man

May 4, 2021
A Lonely Man

The author of Mothers delivers an existentialmystery that explores the uncertain intersection between fictionand reality, and the disastrous consequences of a chanceencounter.Two British men meet by chance in Berlin. Robert is trying andfailing to finish his next book while balancing hisresponsibilities as a husband and father. Patrick, a recent arrivalin the city, is secretive about his past, but eventually revealsthat he has been ghostwriting the autobiography of a Russianoligarch. The oligarch has turned up dead, and Patrick claims to bea hunted man himself.Although Robert doubts the truth of Patrick’s story, itfascinates him, and he thinks it might hold the key to his ownfoundering novel. Working to gain the other man’s trust, Robertdraws out the details of Patrick’s past while ensnaring himselfever more tightly in what might be either a fantasist’s creation ora lethal international plot.Through an elegant existential game of cat and mouse,Chris Power’s A Lonely Man depicts anattempt to create art at the cost of empathy. Robert must decidewhat is his for the taking—and whether some stories are toodangerous to tell.