American Ghosts & Old World Wonders

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A collection of short stories which tear through the archives of cinema, of art and of the subconscious. A young Lizzie Borden visits the circus; a pianist makes a Faustian pact in a fly-blown Southern brothel; and a transfigured Mary Magdalene steps out of the canvases of Donatello and de la Tour.

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"Her sportive side is well represented... Carter loved those pantomime transformations she saw as capsizing fixed identity and hidebound morality. It seems apt that these stories, just as they join continents, should mingle styles and genres with promiscuous abandon." Observer "Hybrids of tale and critical essay, a reminder that Carter was also one of the finest discursive essayists." Scotsman

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This collection of short stories confirms a great writer's matchless imagination and talent. A young Lizzie Borden visits the circus; a pianist makes a Faustian pact in a fly-blown Southern brothel; an earnest student is taken on a gothic ride through the ambiguous residue of Hollywood's golden age; Alice is transmuted by a crazed fruit-grower in Prague, and Mary Magdalene steps out of the canvases of Donatello and de la Tour, transfigured by wilderness and solitude.

"Angela Carter's admirers, denied the prospect of any more of her fat, rich, celebratory novels, will seize on the plump and piquant raisins in the book with gratitude" Times Literary Supplement

"Myths and movies, fairytales and pantomime mingle in celebration of her buoyant life" Mail-on-Sunday

"Carter's perspective on the American Dream is ironic and wry ... the collection is worth buying for the Lizzie Broden story alone" Michele Roberts, Sunday Express

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