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The Beauties and Furies : Text Classics - Christina Stead

The Beauties and Furies

Text Classics

Paperback Published: 3rd October 2016
ISBN: 9781925355703
Number Of Pages: 512

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The express flew towards Paris over the flooded March swamps. In a parlour-car, the melancholy dark young woman looked out persistently at the sand-dunes, cement-mills, pines, the war-cemetery with stone banners like folded umbrellas, the fields under water, the bristling ponds with deserted boats and the little naked trees which marked the horizon-searching roads.

It is 1934, and Elvira Western has left London and her dull marriage to Paul, a doctor, for Paris and her waiting lover, Oliver, a student radical. But drab hotels and interminable discussions of politics are not her idea of romance, and soon Elvira is wishing she could leave the city of 'many beauties-and furies', and return home...

Christina Stead's second novel dramatises a love triangle against a backdrop of political upheaval. Its publication in 1936 prompted a writer for the New Yorker to call Stead the 'most extraordinary woman novelist' since Virginia Woolf.

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`Stead is of that category of fiction writer who restores to us the entire world, in its infinite complexity and inexorable bitterness, and never asks if the reader wishes to be so furiously enlightened and instructed, but takes it for granted that this is the function of fiction.' -- Angela Carter * London Review of Books *
`I cannot see how anyone can deny Miss Stead's position as the most extraordinary woman novelist produced by the English-speaking race since Virginia Woolf.' * New Yorker *
`It's not easy to explain how much pleasure there was in reading Christina Stead's second novel The Beauties and Furies...It is such a dynamic novel, rich with wonderfully complex characters and a compelling storyline...The Beauties and Furies is a brilliant novel.' * ANZ Lit Lovers *
`Stead paints an enticing, kinetic picture of Parisian cafe life and rented lodgings, friendly prostitutes and dissipated journalists, a sort of update of A Moveable Feast spiced with the rising threat of fascism. She also shows the influence, as the helpful introduction notes, of Joyce's Ulysses, with a resourceful lexicon of wordplay, stream of consciousness and bravura passages that stand out from her conventional prose the way Marpurgo's evil overshadows the small sins of adultery. A welcome reissue of an intriguing, atmospherically rich work.' * Kirkus Reviews, starred review *

ISBN: 9781925355703
ISBN-10: 1925355705
Series: Text Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 3rd October 2016
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.26

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Christina Stead

About the Author


Christina Stead (1902-1983) was an Australian novelist and short-story writer acclaimed for her satirical wit and psychological penetration. She was the author of fifteen novels and several volumes of short stories.

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