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Frankissstein : A Love Story - Jeanette Winterson

Frankissstein : A Love Story

Hardcover Published: 21st May 2019
ISBN: 9781787331402
Number Of Pages: 352

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From 'one of the most gifted writers working today' (New York Times) comes an audacious new novel about love and lust in life and the afterlife.

On the rain-swept shores of Lake Geneva in 1815, nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley writes a story about creating artificial human life that will resonate through the centuries. In post-Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love - against their better judgement - with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI.

Meanwhile, Ron Lord, a businessman on a mission to redistribute sex, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls produced for mass-market consumption. And across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead, but waiting to come back to life.

Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein sees Jeanette Winterson take on identity, technology and sexuality to breathe new life into Mary Shelley's classic horror story. Told in part through Shelley's eyes as she dreams up her monstrous creation, Winterson launches us into a modern-day nightmare where consumerism and politics are set to bring humanity to breaking point.

Spanning three centuries and multiple narratives, Frankissstein is at once a moving love story and a feminist rallying cry for our times.

Industry Reviews

"A riotous reimagining with an energy and passion all of its own that reanimates Frankenstein as a cautionary tale for a contemporary moment dominated by debates about Brexit, gender, artificial intelligence and medical experimentation... While the story has a gripping momentum of its own, it also fizzes with ideas." -- Daisy Hay * Financial Times *
"A riotous reimagining with an energy and passion all of its own that reanimates Frankenstein as a cautionary tale for a contemporary moment dominated by debates about Brexit, gender, artificial intelligence and medical experimentation... While the story has a gripping momentum of its own, it also fizzes with ideas." -- Daisy Hay * Financial Times *
"Here, hard science and dreamy Romanticism exist in both tension and harmony... Frankissstein abounds with invention... this is a work of both pleasure and profundity, robustly and skilfully structured, and suffused with all Winterson's usual preoccupations - gender, language, sexuality, the limits of individual liberty and the life of ideas." -- Sam Byers * Guardian, *Book of the Week* *
"Yes, the book we have all been waiting for. Yes, everything Winterson has always done so well. Yes, above and beyond anything that is yet to be written." -- Daisy Johnson
"Astonishing. Bold. Teeming with wit and intellectual prowess. Winterson is a literary giant. She remains one of my favourite writers." -- Irenosen Okojie
"Winterson has had a surge of inventiveness... Frankissstein gamely links arms with the zeitgeist. {it} is a book that seeks to shift our perspective on humanity and the purpose of being human in the most darkly entertaining way... gloriously well observed .. I found myself vibrating with laughter." -- Johanna Thomas-Corr * Observer, Book of the Day *
"Winterson reboots Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for the 21st Century, launching us into a hold-on-to-your hat modern-day horror story about very modern-day neuroses and issues." -- Rebecca Thomas * BBC News *
"Intelligent and inventive... Frankisstein is very funny. There has always been a fine line between horror and high camp, and this is a boundary that Winterson gleefully exploits." -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst * The Times *
"Refreshingly, Jeanette Winterson's Frankisstein... is a wildly inventive reimagining of one of science fiction's most beloved stories... lyrical, gloriously raunchy, pulpy and absurd." -- Helen Marshall * New Scientist *
"A clever comic romp that teases at the nature - and future - of life, death and what it is to be human, without ever being ponderous... [Frankissstein is] first-rate." * Daily Mail *

ISBN: 9781787331402
ISBN-10: 1787331407
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 21st May 2019
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.4  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.5

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Jeanette Winterson

About the Author


Jeanette Winterson OBE is the author of ten novels, including Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, The Passion and Sexing The Cherry; a book of short stories, The World And Other Places; a collection of essays, Art Objects as well as many other works, including children’s books, screenplays and journalism. Her writing has won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the E. M. Forster Award and the Prix d'argent at Cannes Film Festival.

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