Murderers I Have Known

Author:   Marina Warner
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
Edition:   New edition
ISBN:  

9780099428374


Pages:   176
Publication Date:   06 November 2003
Format:   Paperback
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Like her award-winning novels, Marina Warner's stories conjure up mysteries and wonders in a physical world, treading a delicate, magical line between the natural and the supernatural, between openness and fear. In 'Natural Limits'. a bereaved woman, contemplating the massacre of 11,000 virgins, comes to terms with the unimaginable. The title story and the 'Canary' search for signs of evil or innocence written on the body, and a 'canary' dies of toxic malice, while in 'Daughters of the Game' and 'The Armour of San Gereone' body doubles stand in for saints and film stars. Beneath a charismatic or saintly carapace there often turns out to be a man of straw. The 'insomniac princess' finds that unheard melodies are indeed sweeter; whereas other stories give voice to the traditionall voiceless - the artist's model, the film double, and, in a grisly reworking of the Brothers Grimm, a girl with bells not on her toes but on her hands. Here are fabulous images of saints and sinner, bats and nightingales, pink flesh and putrefaction in an electrifying new collection.

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Author:   Marina Warner
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
Imprint:   Vintage
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Width: 13.00cm , Height: 1.10cm , Length: 19.60cm
Weight:   0.128kg
ISBN:  

9780099428374


ISBN 10:   0099428377
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   06 November 2003
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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'Warner writes with the delicacy of a tightrope walker- the result is exhilarating' Financial Times 'The stories are all sharp and strange, [this is] a book about now written with a far-sighted and relentless intelligence' Guardian


In this collection the reader will not find miniature narratives with a neat plot and a satisfying twist in the tail . Rather, Marina Warner gives us glimpses of life seen through a slightly distorting and subjective lens. These stories leave pictures imprinted in the mind and shift one's perceptions forever. The title story is all the more disturbing in that it is breezily related in the first person in a familiar, colloquial style and yet brushes against all that is wicked and unthinkable. Over and over again as the author depicts the ordinary, safe world certain details are highlighted - a man's dirty fingernails, the sickening excess of food glistening on a deli counter - so that the reader is left with a feeling of surfeit and distaste. There is beauty too; Warner writes with clarity and an ability to find the perfect word or the unusual image. In her afterword she acknowledges certain artists, explaining that she often uses a picture as a prompt, and the art world figures in several of these stories. One of the most moving, 'Canary', features a group of painters in the time of free love and pot-smoking. Her image of the canary represents the vulnerability of all that is good: kindness, innocence, simplicity and love, for the canary can be used to detect contamination in the atmosphere and is the first to perish. Warner's delicate perceptiveness is seen in a character's decree that an outsider should not intrude into a friend's marriage: 'marriage is a sacred space, whatever degradation it has suffered, in which visitors take off their shoes and bare their heads and join in the liturgy as performed by the celebrants, rather than impose their own ideas.' This is a beautiful, memorable selection of stories. (Kirkus UK)


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Marina Warner's fiction includes The Lost Father (shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Indigo, The Leto Bundle and a previous collection of stories, The Mermaids in the Basement. Her work on myth, symbolism and fairy tale includes Alone of All Her Sex, From the Beast to the Blonde and No Go the Bogeyman.

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