The Last of the Light
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 9781780238272
  • Publisher: Reaktion
  • Binding: Paperback

The Last of the Light

Peter Davidson

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The Last of the Light is a meditation on twilight in the Western arts and imagination.

Peter Davidson touches on diverse literary and artistic traditions as he considers the borderlands of the light and the dark: the ‘invention of evening’ in Rome by the ancients; the science of the Victorian evening sky; the urban sunsets of Whistler, Hammershøi and Tiepolo; the twilit modernities of Sebald, Eliot and Baudelaire. Combining prose-poetry, memoir, philosophy and art history, this is a richly rewarding book.

Reviewed by Miranda Seymour in Slightly Foxed Issue 63.

The Twilight Hour

MIRANDA SEYMOUR

I watched the darkness settle across the fields, leaving, faraway, a single bright patch of gold, an unattainable kingdom created by the low rays of the sinking sun. Twilight – the subject of Peter Davidson’s meditative and beautiful book The Last of the Light (2015) – is the moment when nature seems to embrace and enfold us within herself. The ache of bereavement adjusts and resolves itself into acceptance: an understanding that twilight is itself a resignation, a dying of the day, from which renewal arises . . .

Extract from Slightly Foxed Issue 63, Autumn 2019



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