In the run-up to the Spanish Civil War, the Communist agitator Percy Hardcaster is wounded escaping from prison in Andalusia. He returns to London to acclaim and adoration. But is his hero's welcome deserved? In this modernist classic, Wyndham Lewis brilliantly depicts a world in which everyone is hiding something - from Hardcaster himself to the failed artist Victor Stamp, reduced to turning out forgeries in order to earn a living. In prose that is by turns humorous and tragic, The Revenge for Love portrays a society in which deceit - including false propaganda and the smuggling of non-existent guns - is all-pervasive. Here everyone wears a mask, and loyalty, art and friendship are as nothing in the face of brute force and the realities of the political game.
Widely considered to be Wyndham Lewis's most outstanding novel, Revenge for Love is a political thriller set in Britain and Spain against the background of the Spanish Civil War. The protagonist, Percy Hardcaster, is a Communist, living in a world of forgers and fakers, in both the art and political worlds. All appearances are exposed as cynical manipulations as Lewis tries to explore reality and expose the lives of those entangled in the revolution, including Victor and Margot Stamp, twisted into intrigue and machinations outside of their understanding and control that eventually cause their deaths. The novel is a great satirical work and a revealing insight into a tumultuous epoch of twentieth century history. (Kirkus UK)