Hart, Josephine The Stillest Day

ISBN 13: 9780099565154

The Stillest Day

 
9780099565154: The Stillest Day

Bethesda Grant is an artist and a teacher. Her village life is order-ed and calm, until one day the sudden vision of a man's face sears itself onto her mind's eye, an imprint of sensual, hypnotic power. She begins to paint fragmented images of Mathew Pearson, secretly and obsessively. But Mathew Pearson has a wife, a small, laughing, preg-nant creature, whom Bethesda's mother befriends. On the stillest day Bethesda performs an act so bold and violent that it shatters all their lives - she performs a very bloody and risky emergency caesarean on Mathew's wife, using a piece of mirror glass, to deliver a baby daughter, leaving the mother dead. THE STILLEST DAY is an exquisitely taut and shocking novel about a young woman at the turn of the century who transgresses - both in life and in art - the limits set down for her. (1998-09-15)

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Damage: 'Damage is a masterpiece.' Washington Post

'Damage is really a poem... Lorca says that 'the poem that pierces the heart like a knife has yet to be written', but I felt that kind of knife dangling somewhere in Damage' - Ted Hughes

Sin: 'A compelling, literary and sinister tale filtered through a sophisticated intelligence' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

'As in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, innocence and virtue are cruelly and deliberately betrayed, as the reader looks on with mingled shock and fascination... a tour de force.' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Oblivion: 'Josephine Hart, whose two earlier novels have already established her as one of our most imaginative and poetic novelists, has produced here a strange but compelling meditation on grief, loss, and the curious nature of love.' Sunday Telegraph

About the Author:

Born and educated in Ireland, Josephine Hart is the bestselling author of Damage (filmed with Juliette Binoche and Jeremy Irons), Sin and Oblivion. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages. She founded Gallery Poets and produced several successful West End plays, including The House of Bernarda Alba, The Vortex and Iris Murdoch's The Black Prince, and has also presented Thames TV's Books By My Bedside. She is married to Maurice Saatchi and has two sons. She lives in London.

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