On Histories And Stories: Selected Essays

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In her powerful opening essays - 'Fathers', 'Forefathers' and 'Ancestors' - A. S. Byatt considers the renaissance of the historical novel and discusses particularly the novel of wartime experience; the surprising variety of distant pasts that British writers have invented; and the new 'Darwinian novel'.

These afford new readings of writers from Elizabeth Bowen and Henry Green to Anthony Burgess, William Golding and Muriel Spark, and other contemporary authors, including Penelope Fitzgerald, Julian Barnes, Martin Amis and Pat Barker.

She also offers fascinating insight into her own translation of historical fact into fiction in the two novellas which make up Angels and Insects.

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A.S. Byatt is that wonderful figure, a creative writer who is also equally at home in the seminar room, having taught at the University of London for many years, before winning the Booker Prize for her novel Possession in 1990. In On Histories and Stories she pursues one of her most recent interests, developed in her novel The Biographer's Tale, of the "sense of a new possibility of narrative energy" in what Byatt see as "the sudden flowering of the historical novel in Britain" in the last 50 years, in the work of Anthony Burgess, Penelope Fitzgerald, William Golding, Muriel Spark and Lawrence Norfolk. The seven essays that constitute this collection attempt to explain this fascination with history, ranging from the recent attraction of the Second World War in novels like Julian Barnes' Staring at the Sun and Martin Amis' Time's Arrow, via the evocation "of distant pasts" in recent novels, and the use of "precise scholarship" in historical fiction, to a marvellous concluding chapter on the Thousand and One Nights. Byatt argues that telling stories "is as much part of human nature as breath and the circulation of the blood", and that it "consoles us for endings with endless new beginnings" that defy death. On Histories and Stories is a formidably intelligent defence of storytelling, and rejection of high modernism; it is neither to be taken, nor read, lightly. -- Jerry Brotton

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"Going from reference to reference in these glittering pages provides you with an essential reading-list for life" ( The Times)

"Invigorating criticism" ( Independent on Sunday)

"Biographers, as well as novelists, will find much to celebrate in a collection of essays that is so lavish with quotations from philosophers, essayists and historians... An elegant and thoughtful collection" ( Literary Review)

"Reminds us definitively that she is not only one of our best living novelists, but one of our most astute readers, too. We are lucky to have her" ( New Statesman)

"A rare and perhaps unique figure; a critic whose insights are full of a sympathetic, creative and re-creative imagination...The mind that produced splendid, strange fictions is also a first-rate critical intelligence... A writer of remarkable, broad sympathies" ( Observer)

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