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Unity by Michael Arditti

The protagonist in Unity is Michael Arditti, a gay writer who attended Cambridge in the 1970s. While there, he came best friends with Felicity and Luke, who eventually became lovers. The three wrote and staged a play about Unity Mitford, who was obsessed with Hitler and who attempted suicide when war was declared. A German film director saw the play, and immediately decided to make a movie out of it, taking Felicity and Luke to Germany. Germany becomes a strange and volatile place for the two lovers, leading to Felicity's death in a terrorist act and Luke's suicide. Years later, Arditti tries to put it all together via letters, journals, and interviews so he can perhaps understand what happened to his friends and how he was lucky enough to avoid their catastrophe. Unity has received positive reviews with the London Times saying, "Strikingly original in form, its multiplicity of different voices rendered with a ventriloquist’s eerie skill, Unity is a remarkable, unsettling book, both a compelling fiction and a troubling inquiry into the nature of fanaticism."
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