Published in the shadow of the Spanish Civil War, The Revenge for Love is a political thriller attacking the fraudulence and feeble-mindedness of life in the Britain of the 1930s. A brilliant satire on a world that has lost its sense of self and been seduced by the appeal of Communism, it is one of a handful of books (it could be compared to Orwell's Coming Up for Air or Koestler's Darkness at Noon) which defined a particular mood and to today's audience gives an unparalleled sense of how Europe turned toxic on the eve of the Second World War.
A major statement by a great artist and writer The Revenge for Love now deserves a new generation of readers and is the perfect introduction to Lewis's work.
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)