The Eve of St Venus (Modern Voices)

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Burgess's 'fantasy about love and marriage' is joined here by a Prosper Merimee story - a comedy on a similar theme - written in 1837 and translated by Andrew Brown.

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'I dedicate the work to all, high or low, who propose marriage, or have achieved it, or, having achieved it a fair time ago, are still not disillusioned with it. Bachelors and spinsters and other deviants may read it too.' --Anthony Burgess

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The Eve of St Venus is a delightful fantasy, blending classical myth and farce. Displaying a high degree of verbal ingenuity and intelligence, Burgess effortlessly plays with ideas to create a riotous comedy that is ultimately a celebration of love and marriage. Ambrose and Diana are to be married. However, Diana is having last-minute doubts fuelled by her feminist friend and bridesmaid Julia, while Ambrose inadvertently becomes engaged to the goddess Venus, who has taken possession of the wedding ring. These obstacles present the first in a farcical series of challenges - not only to the impending wedding, but also to the most dearly held preconceptions of Ambrose, Diana, and their wedding guests. Presented here alongside the earlier and similarly themed The Venus of Ille, by Prosper Merimee.

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