Muriel Spark is 'a wholly original presence in modern literature' (Andrew Motion). This collection, which contains all her published short stories together with some new writing, amply displays Muriel Spark's extraordinary talent; her cool, biting humour and unique vision of human nature. Ghosts and judges, priests, murder and French châteaux: all the Spark obsessions are here, and much more besides.
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"Completely, searingly original. There is nobody remotely like her" ( Independent)
"Glittering, concise, funny and beautifully written" ( Telegraph)
"None could equal the cool perception with which she chronicles the darker mysteries of the human conidtion" (John Mortimer Evening Standard)
"One of the most decisive and unmistakable voices in contemporary fiction - youthful, witty, sly, maternal, intimate, and alive with opinion" (Stephen Schiff New Yorker)
"My admiration for Spark's contribution to world literature knows no bounds. She was peerless, sparkling, inventive and intelligent - the crème de la crème" (Ian Rankin)
"It is perhaps her short stories that demonstrate her gifts best: wit, perception, acute characterisation, elegance and precision. They mark her out as one of the finest writers of her generation" ( Observer)
"A wholly original presence in modern literature" (Andrew Motion)
"Muriel Spark's novels linger in the mind as brilliant shards, decisive as a smashed glass is decisive" (John Updike New Yorker)
"Dullness is as alien to her as inelegance" ( New Statesman and Society)
"You've got to hand it to Canongate. When it comes to repackaging their back catalogue, they're in a class of their own. ... What have [the Canons] in common? Nothing - except for a subtle yet powerful branding ... the way they are marketed has a touch of genius." ( Scotsman)
With an introduction by Janice Galloway
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Book Description Penguin, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141005971