Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice
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Hardcover with a few superficial scores and scuffs. Very slightly grubby and price-clipped dust jacket with some superficial scores and scratches. Page block has minor grubby marks. Pages are clean, binding is sound, and text remains clear throughout. T. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 300399
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Rezension: Byatt's stories simmer with a sensuality and passion which, like topiarian trees in a formal garden, are pruned and trained into cultivated shapes whilst retaining the wild scent of the orchard. In "Crocodile Tears" a woman walks away from a personal tragedy, deserting those she loves to try and reconcile herself to a death for which she feels horribly responsible. Thrown together in Nîmes with another exiled mourner, a Norwegian full of northern folktales, she ricochets between a numbed calm and a reckless urge for self-destruction. Together they begin to assemble some kind of personal solace out of fragments of European history, fiction and myth, and so come to terms with their guilt. "A Lamia in the Cevennes" is also set in France, where another isolated English exile struggles for self-knowledge amid the shards of history and folktale. "Cold" is itself a kind of latter-day fairy story of ice princesses and sighing suitors. These are stories steeped in light and colour, full of glowing landscapes and sensuous delights. Their intricately woven skeins of literary allusion and keenly observed locations bewitch the reader. Yet the figures in Byatt's landscapes seem powerless to derive pleasure or solace from their surroundings, picking their lonely way through the brilliance, carrying with them burdens of painful memories they cannot shake off. --Lisa Jardine
Titel: Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice
Verlag: Chatto & Windus Ltd., London
Zustand: Very Good
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good
Art des Buches: Used
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