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The Djinn In The Nightingale's Eye : Five Fairy Stories - A S Byatt

The Djinn In The Nightingale's Eye

Five Fairy Stories

By: A S Byatt

Paperback Published: 7th September 1995
ISBN: 9780099521310
Number Of Pages: 288

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A S Byatt's fairy tales and fables are among the best-loved features of her fiction. Innumerable readers have asked for the two marvellous fairy tales in POSSESSION - 'The Glass Coffin' and 'Gode's Tale' of the Breton Naie des Trepasses - to be published seperately. Here they take their place with three other stories with medieval and oriental settings. The title story, 'The Djinn and the Nightingale's Eye', a long story about an Englishwoman in Turkey who unwittingly releases a genie from his bottle, is a reflection on women's lives, on magic and on the power of storytelling itself.

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"Those new to the world of Byatt might well begin here, with these tales-within-tales, which one can read as anything from contemporary allegories - such as the superb Dragon's Breath, evoking every idyll that ever fell foul of war or famine - to sheer celebrations of storytelling itself" * Vogue * "The familiar elements of fairy story come to life under A.S. Byatt's touch...with lightness, precision, grace" * Observer * "A cerebral extravaganza, bristling with ideas" * Spectator * "The fairy story is obviously a form that fascinates A.S. Byatt, it suits her spare, cool prose and this collection enables her to create very different effects... a beautifully produced book" * Financial Times *

ISBN: 9780099521310
ISBN-10: 0099521318
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 7th September 1995
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1

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A S Byatt

About the Author


A.S. Byatt (Antonia S. Byatt) is internationally known for her novels and short stories. Her novels include the Booker Prize-winning Possession, The Biographer's Tale and the quartet, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman, and her highly acclaimed collections of short stories include Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye, Elementals and her most recent book Little Black Book of Stories. A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A S Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.

Daughter of His Honour John Frederick Drabble, QC and late Kathleen Marie Bloor

Married
1st, 1959, Ian Charles Rayner Byatt (Sir I. C. R. Byatt) marriage dissolved. 1969; one daughter (one son deceased)
2nd, 1969, Peter John Duffy; two daughters.

Education
Sheffield High School; The Mount School, York; Newnham College, Cambridge (BA Hons; Hon. Fellow 1999); Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, USA; Somerville College, Oxford.

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