A famous writer living in the South of France owes his extraordinary literary career to a mysterious spirit, a supernatural muse that remains hidden until the writer's death, when the spirit is transferred to an up-and-coming but unformed literary hopeful
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This modern version of the Faust legend has an old man of letters pass down to a young writer an ancient manuscript which bestows the gift of easy literary style and fluency -- and consequently head-turning success -- while blocking entirely any genuine creative power. To underline the devilishness of the bargain, the young author is seen to gradually throw away normal human decency as he gives in to overwhelming self-indulgence, and comes under the sensual sway of the old man's seductive mistress. On one level then, pure Faust. On another, Alan Judd's book, winner of the 1991 Guardian Fiction Prize, is a sophisticated self-referential commentary on the cliquish post-modern literary scene. This stylish and substantial novel is a clever attack on those who elevate insubstantial style.About the Author :
Alan Judd's 'Ford Madox Ford' won the Royal Society of Literature and Heinemann Awards; his novella, 'The Devil's Own Work', won the Guardian fiction prize. His celebrated novel 'A Breed of Heroes' was recently screened on BBC1. He is the author of three other novels, and has recently retired from the Foreign Office.
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Description du livre Knopf, 1994. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire M0679425527
Description du livre Knopf, 1994. Hardcover. État : New. Never used!. N° de réf. du libraire P110679425527