W. Somerset Maugham, The Narrow Corner, Vintage 2001 (First Published by William Heinemann in 1932)
オーディオブック The Narrow Corner, Written by: W. Somerset Maugham, Narrated by: David Thorpe, Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins, Unabridged Audiobook, Release Date:01-29-13, Publisher: Audible Studios
Short, therefore, is man’s life,
and narrow is the corner of the earth wherein he dwells (ibid. イントロ)
A quote from Meditations, iii 10, by Marcus Aurelius, introduces the work: “Short therefore, is man’s life, and narrow is the corner of the earth wherein he dwells.”
In the story, set “a good many years ago” in what is now Indonesia, a young Australian, cruising the islands after his involvement in a murder in Sydney, has a passionate affair on an island which causes a further tragedy.