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The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories

Martin, Valerie

Editorial: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Great Britain, 2006
ISBN 10: 0297848550 / ISBN 13: 9780297848554
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Título: The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories

Editorial: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Great Britain

Año de publicación: 2006

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro: Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Edición: First Edition


A true UK first edition / first printing, with the full numberline 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 on the copyright page. A very nice copy of this wonderful collection of short fiction, by the Orange Prize-winning author of 'Property'. We protect all our books with a removable plastic cover, and send them with care. N° de ref. de la librería 001150

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Between what the artist owes the ideal and what the market will bear, there stretches a vast territory of paranoia, poverty and greed. In the six stories that make up The Unfinished Novel, Valerie Martin - bestselling author of Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and the internationally acclaimed Property - turns an unflinching eye upon artists - driven and blocked, desired and detested, infamous and sublime, as they struggle beneath the tyranny of Art to reconcile their audience with their muse.

A painter who owes his small success to a man he despises, discovers that his passivity has cost him the love that might have set him free. An actress struggles with the guilt she still feels twenty years after an affair with a young actor whose promise mysteriously vaporized after a performance of Hamlet. A starving artists inhabits a bleak netherworld, where pride is a luxury no one can afford. A writer of modest talents encounters the old love who once betrayed him; now she repels him, yet the unfinished novel she leaves in his hands may surpass anything he could ever produce himself.

The last stories in the collection take us to Rome and a room with a limited view, and to a Brooklyn studio where a window opens onto limitless space. In the Eternal City an American poet is forced to choose between her lover, a dancer who has outraged academe, and a world so alien it takes her voice away. In the final story, a print maker, who has reached a certain age, enters so deeply into the magical world of her imagination that she can never find her way back.

Críticas: All the stories here centre on North American characters who define themselves, with varying degrees of success and recognition, as creative artists...They live, love and paint in New York or give poetry readings in Rome. They attend private views, first nights and book launches where the wine is usually cheap and plentiful. The stories concern themselves equally with the creative life and with sexual, romantic or marital relationships...accessible, entertaining, sadly human tales. (Carol Ann Duffy TELEGRAPH (4.3.06))

In each of the stories in this collection, Martin creates characters as deeply intelligent and as engrossing as those who populate her novels. These are stories that make provocative arguments about art and the moral life...the talent at work here is unmistakable. (Deborah Friedell TLS (3.3.06))

Weeks after reading, the characters in this collection hover in the mind - jostling for space as if participants in a group exhibition. (Saffron Burrows TIMES (11.3.06))

Martin's large gift [is] for fiction, that insidiously enters the reader's imagination, and lingers. (Nicholas Clee NEW STATESMAN (13.3.06))

...His Blue not only as witty as an episode from Sex and the City, it is also a brilliant narrative sleight of hand...Each story in the collection is structured with consummate precision, each voice compellingly rendered. (Lilian Pizzichini SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (12.3.06))

Martin's writing is graceful, controlled and precise...The breadth of Martin's interests is remarkable. She moves around flawlessly in time and space: nothing frightens her. (Fay Weldon GUARDIAN (18.3.06))

These are skillfully written stories. (Kate Grimes SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY (19.3.06))

Martin is...unpredictable yet compassionate, with a narrative gift that can raise the hairs at the top of the spine. (Maggie Gee SUNDAY TIMES (19.3.06))

Valerie Martin['s] talents illuminate every page of her latest collection of stories...In hands such as Valerie Martin's, the short fiction form is not only flourishing by positively swaggering. (Michael Thompson-Noel FINANCIAL TIMES MAGAZINE (25.3.06))

...wonderful...Martin has an unflinching understanding of how low people will go in order to create something of beauty...The prose is crisp and concise as paranoia, jealousy and fear of failure stalk these pages. (Tina Jackson METRO LONDON (23.3.06))

these flash-lit snapshots into the world of the artists are brilliantly exposing. ( GOOD BOOK GUIDE (April 2006))

Martin's ear for dialogue is flawless and subtle, and she convincingly captures the yawning cultural chasm between Europe and the United States...At the heart of these wonderful and engaging stories is the artist's ache for greatness, for transcendence. Martin's writing is both unflinching and utterly compelling. (Nicholas Foxton TIME OUT (5-12.4.06))

her humour is gentle, her style lyrical and observations astute, so that the stories affectionately tease fondly regarded types - which makes for a great read. ( EASY LIVING (May))

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