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Rodney Garland






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Millivres Prowler Group (March 1, 1996)





The Heart in Exile e-book

by Rodney Garland

The Heart in Exile book. Rodney Garland was a pseudonym used by Adam de Hegedus (1906 – 1958)

The Heart in Exile book. Rodney Garland was a pseudonym used by Adam de Hegedus (1906 – 1958). He was born in Budapest and studied for a career in the Hungarian diplomatic service, but he moved to England during the 1930’s where he began to develop his writing career. His first published work in English appeared in 1937.

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About Rodney Garland: Childhood: His father was a civil servant in Hungary, first as a county official and then in the Treasury. Discover new books on Goodreads. See if your friends have read any of Rodney Garland's books. Rodney Garland’s Followers (4). Rodney Garland. The Heart in Exile, 1953, a novel, as Rodney Garland, published in London by W. Friends & Relationships: He stayed for a while in Paris and made friends with Andre Gidé. He settled permanently in London in 1939 and took a flat in South Kensington.

Valancourt Books said: Rodney Garland's THE HEART IN EXILE (1953) is one of the most important British gay novels of the 20th centur. New Releases The Heart in Exile (1953) by Rodney Garland. Mod. Rodney Garland's THE HEART IN EXILE (1953) is one of the most important British gay novels of the 20th century and paved the way for everything that came after it.

1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. Published 1966 by Pyramid Book in New York. Are you sure you want to remove The heart in exile from your list? The heart in exile. Fiction, Gay men, Gay psychiatrists, Interpersonal relations, Psychologists, Psychiatrists. England, London, London (England). Originally published: New York : Coward-McCann, 1953. Pyramid Books - X-1344.

Used availability for Rodney Garland's The Heart In Exile. May 2014 : USA Paperback.

So effective is the author's treatment. Frank G. Slaughter, "New York Times" "A sad, serious first novel called "The Heart in Exile" cannot fairly be ignored. that he manages to bring home in a remarkable manner the suffering of the homosexual. It took real courage to write this story, plus a profound insight into human feelings and sensitivities.

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that he manages to bring home in a remarkable manner the suffering of the homosexual.

that he manages to bring home in a remarkable manner the suffering of the homosexual. Slaughter, New York Times "A sad, serious first novel called The Heart in Exile cannot fairly be ignored.

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Ann Hewitt is a distressed woman when she makes an appointment with doctor/psychiatrist Tony Page. Her fiancé, Julian Leclerc, has been discovered dead. The authorities believe it is an accidental "overdose of sleeping tablets." Ann doesn't believe it. She is convinced Julian committed suicide. Ann seeks out Tony Page, having found his name on an "empty and unused" envelope among Julian's possessions. She also brings with her a short note to Julian she has found in his flat referencing "good times we had" signed by "Gina" and Ann is convinced "there was another woman."

Ann wants treatment. She also wants to hire a private detective to get to the truth. Tony agrees to take her on as a client and he also convinces her not to hire a private detective. Tony tells himself this is his big opportunity to answer "the call of adventure, so unusual in my uneventful life... All my life I had been attracted by the romantic figure of the private detective. Conan Doyle and Edgar Wallace had exercised as powerful an impression on my childhood as Proust, Gide or Dostoievsky on my young manhood. But how much more absorbing it was to be the detective than just to read about his doings--actively to live not just some of his doings, but every small detail of his investigation."

Tony has further reason to want to investigate Julian's death. In the past Tony knew the "very good-looking," nice-mannered, "good-tempered" Julian. At one time Tony, like other men, also loved Julian--just as Julian loved Tony and, later, other men.

The Heart in Exile (1953; with an Introduction by writer Neil Bartlett in the 2014 re-issue by Valancourt Books) is perhaps the most successful work by Rodney Garland, "the pseudonym of Adam de Hegedus, about whom little is known" according to Bartlett.

For many modern readers The Heart in Exile actually produces mystery on numerous levels. The first is the most obvious: if Ann Hewitt is correct and Julian Leclerc died by suicide, what drove him to kill himself? Much of the novel has Tony Page cautiously and cleverly interviewing men who knew Julian and about his sexual orientation, some of whom secretly had encounters with or actually loved the young man. From persons of the working class, former army colleagues, men of the upper class, and members of Julian's family, Garland gives readers a wide and varied assortment of characters, many of them gay (or "introverted"). Because homosexuality was still illegal in Great Britain after World War II, Tony's detective work is made all the more difficult because of the "underground" nature of sexual and romantic encounters among men--even though many know that Dr. Page is one of them. As Tony would learn the truth about the man he once loved and who, he discovers, tried to contact him shortly before he died even though the two of them had had virtually little contact for months, Tony is also on a hunt for himself. Consciously or not, he seeks answers to his life's loneliness and incompleteness. Ironically, one of the answers may very well be right under his nose and own roof--his live-in male housekeeper, Terry, a man Tony appears to callously take for granted and who is also "an invert" and obviously in love with Tony.

Another level of mystery in The Heart in Exile for numerous readers of today will be Garland's contemporary exposure of what life was like for gay men in Britain just before and after World War II in this early piece of gay fiction.

Coursing through Tony's ruminations, recollections, interviews with others, and various discoveries Garland touches upon just about every aspect of gay life of the times. Many of the attitudes, terminology, and awkwardness towards same-sex relations appear outdated today. Surprisingly, some do not. Thus, readers are thoroughly exposed to the "clandestine" "underground" clubs patronized by "inverts" (the then fashionable term for homosexual men) and "haveables" (men who either are "normal" or may be bisexual or may be moving toward self-discovery and make themselves available for sex with other men). The clubs and pubs--places usually in the shadows--often get abandoned for new clubs once the club's existence and patronage becomes known to the police.

Readers get to know a number of characters as well as groups of men who know each other and who keep each other's secrets as if their lives depend upon it--which in some cases they did. Police arrests are frequent and can be "nasty" and blackmail is a lingering fear for many gay men. Only slight mention is made in The Heart in Exile of consideration to reform the laws against homosexuality because of fear at the time of being publicly linked to such an endeavor and the belief that such reform had no chance of success (decimalization of consensual, adult homosexual acts did not occur in England and Wales until 1967).

More so than in many other societies, Britain's complex systematic division among the classes long placed barriers between people of different rank and that is certainly true of gay life at the time of The Heart in Exile, too. The concept of working class and upper class men co-mingling--sexually or romantically--is seen by most of the upper class as improper and by lower class men as a hopeless cause and stepping out of their league. Garland makes it clear, however, that for some posh men rebelling against such elitism and finding company among those of "inferior background and unhealthy ways" actually adds to the excitement and appeal of being with a man from a lower class as well as allowing them to be a rebel against a society from which they already feel they are outcast.

Reading Tony Page's explanation regarding the working class having "fewer anal fears than the upper classes" thus giving the working class gay male "the impression, sometimes quite wrongly, that he's more masculine and virile than the man from the middle class" seems rather extraordinary today.

There are references throughout the novel to curing homosexuality through either surgery or psychoanalysis (a cure being a desire held by many of Tony's clients who he tries to help--not knowing whether or not he can successfully accomplish the task and somewhat hoping that he can as a way to ease his own inner conflict). There are discussions and allusions to gay men having "types" which interest them more than others, gay promiscuity, "fickleness," and gay men being "oversexed." Interestingly, there are mentions of bisexuality, a circumstance many gay men at the time (and to a lesser extent still today) frown upon as a dishonest way to be both found socially acceptable and yet be able to act upon their one's true sexual nature.

Tony's belief that many homosexuals "are brave because they are inverts" expressing a "form of exhibitionism" or to "demonstrate their manliness" is hardly new. Neither is the noteworthy notion that "most inverts are practised at spotting others, whether obvious or not." Tony and numerous characters' descriptions of what today would be labeled "gaydar" at a time when men went to extremes to hide their sexual nature from most others is both fascinating and at times humorous.

Readers may be surprised by the trend related in the novel by gay men to "take an interest in their bodies" going "in for weight-lifting, expanders, barbells and the rest" and who "subscribe to health magazines." Among the points made by Neil Bartlett in the Valancourt Introduction is that such inclinations were not imported to Great Britain from the U.S. as many think is the case.

Garland provides an insightful critique of early gay fiction itself in The Heart in Exile when he answers the question of "why all plays and novels dealing with queers have an inevitably tragic end." He states "that the only way normal society at present accepts the homosexual in literature is with a compulsory tragic end. To be a homo is a crime, and crime mustn't go unpunished; not in books at least." Considering the events that take place in The Heart in Exile, in this respect Garland proves to be a writer of gay fiction well ahead of his times.

Garland moves his chronicle about both Dr. Tony Page and Julian Leclerc forward in an effortless manner that holds the reader's attention from beginning to end. For a story that has so much to do with sex and romance, as explicit as the novel ever gets is a kiss or the touch of a hand upon a hand. The final explanation of Julian's death is totally realistic and not altogether unexpected. In spite of all of the revelations about gay life of the times, the book never takes on an aspect of that of a documentary. There is no preaching. There are a few cringe-inspiring moments when Garland includes what to most people would consider negative, stereotypical, uninformed, and intolerant positions regarding homosexuality today, but luckily these are few.

Michael Bronski in his ground-breaking study, Pulp Friction: Uncovering the Golden Age of Gay Male Pulps (2003) writes that "Rodney Garland's The Heart in Exile is a moving exploration of a man discovering his sexuality in midcentury London. Written as a psychological thriller, it has, at its core, a plea for social tolerance of the homosexual." Garland's examination of gay life may include outdated features, but examining gay life at any time in history is to also examine human existence --and human nature hasn't radically changed in the sixty years since The Heart in Exile first appeared. Thus, the final level of mystery having to do with The Heart in Exile is why this well written and intriguing novel has been out-of-print. Fortunately, such is no longer the situation.
“The Heart in Exile” by Rodney Garland is an extraordinary story. It is set in 1953 London and populated by several colorful, distinctive and ravishingly interesting gay men and by one woman. Tony Page, a London psychiatrist, is the story-teller. He becomes a detective who struggles painstakingly – slowly but surely -- with solving the mystery of his friend Julian’s shocking suicide. It’s written from the point of view of Dr. Page, and it takes you through underground and above-ground London (and his patients) with style and perfect echoes of the times. There is not one sentence of sex in the book, and only 2 or 3 instances of illusion to gay romance or hints overt sexual behavior.

This is a truly great read, intelligent, thoughtful, exciting even, as Dr. Page, who is about 30 or so, cleverly pursues and unravels the odd event of Julian’s unexpected death at 32. The most amazing thing about this story is its publishing date: 1953. Thus, a reader is regaled with the atmosphere, the politics, the repression and the behavior of the gay underground in post-WWII London. Certain of the upper class homosexuals were known as “inverts.” The psychological price that gay men paid for leading two lives is well told. Do keep in mind this is fiction, but it actually reads at times like a documentary – in its portrayal of gay life in this era.

The book is very well-written, easy to read. One might say, that it is an intellectual’s cognitive story to enjoy and treasure. I was nearly unable put it down, but when I did, I could hardly wait to pick it up again.

Fascinating (it is England, after all) is the direct and overwhelming ---- what do we call it now – racism, classism, caste structure to the lives and adventures of these men as well as of the rather (more-or-less) cooperative general public. How the gay men then-and-there treated each other is amazingly enlightening – and painful. One can readily see how the events later in the century will inevitably unfold as gay rights both in the U.K. and in the U.S.A. (and many places worldwide) flourish and finally win the legal and public opinion battles. Thus, its date of publication is among the more astonishing features of this book.

If you know anything at all about the history of gay rights, from the Greeks, to the hundreds of years of hateful Church repression, to Oscar Wilde, to Stonewall, to gay marriage today, you’ll learn about a fascinating time. This book will enrich your understanding of yourself (whether or not you are gay or straight) and certainly add to your appreciation of your gay relatives, friends and neighbors. Philosophical, brainy, thoughtful and revealing, it’s a 5-star story indeed.
The way we were -- if you are wondering what went through the minds of gay men in England in the late 40's and early 50's - here's a pretty interesting way to experience this. Back when a book about a gay person, generally speaking, had to end with suicide, disgrace, or a resolution to live a lonely life -- here is a book that ends on a hopeful note and espouses the opinion that the majority of gay men were decent, law-abiding, although still second-class people. This book also gives a little bit of insight, though from a privileged point of view, into the old class system: it's stereo-types and norms. Anyway, I'm a curious guy and I wonder about this kind of thing. Here's a story that gives a bit of insight.
An excellent book for a gay-history course: a psychiatrist investigates the suspicious suicide of an old lover and gives us a deadpan tour of the dreary, dangerous gay world of London, c. 1955. Very well-written. The introduction rightly points out the narrator's snobbery (he is SO pleased with himself that he can make himself resolve to confer the ultimate gift, faithful boy-friendhood, on his lower-class flatmate who does nothing in the book but lift weights at the gym, cook, clean and make drinks for him. What a sacrifice. But that was then.)
I've been looking for this book for years. Finally found it here on Amozon. It looks just like the book I read back in college! Can't wait to start reading it. Book was described correctly.
Product was received very quickly and in very good condition. Completely satisfied with purchase

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