‘As I entered my teens, I developed a taste for more arch, snappy writing and discovered the joys of Muriel Spark. Wisdom and wit — ideal for an impressionable youth finding his way in the world'. -
About the Book
Geneva. As a ferocious thunderstorm rages outside, behind the locked doors of the library the aristocratic Klopstocks are ‘not to be disturbed’.
In the attic, Baron Klopstock’s lunatic brother rants and raves. But in the staff quarters, all is under control. The butler and servants are making
their own preparations for the long night that follows . . .
This is one of the 22 novels written by Muriel Spark in her lifetime. All are being published by Polygon in hardback Centenary Editions between
November 2017 and September 2018.
Muriel Spark was born in Edinburgh in 1918. A poet, essayist, biographer and novelist, she won much international praise, including being twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The Times placed her eighth in its list of the Fifty Greatest British Writers Since 1945. She died in Tuscany in 2006.
Professor Dan Gunn joined the American University of Paris in 1989 after completing his doctoral work at the University of Sussex and four years of teaching in Paris. He is the founder and director of the AUP’s Center for Writers & Translators, and is Editor of the Cahiers Series. He writes, publishes and reviews fiction. He is also the Paris director of the correspondence of Samuel Beckett, an international project based in Emory University.
Alan Taylor has contributed to numerous publications, including The TLS, The New Yorker and The Melbourne Age, and edited four acclaimed anthologies – The Assassin’s Cloak (2000), The Secret Annexe (2004), The Country Diaries (2009) and most recently, Glasgow: The Autobiography (2016).
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