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TALES OF NATURAL AND UNNATURAL CATASTROPHES

Highsmith, Patricia

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ISBN 10: 0747500975 / ISBN 13: 9780747500971
Edité par Bloomsbury [1987]., [London], 1987
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Octavo, boards. First edition. Collects ten macabre tales. Upper corners lightly bumped, else a fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#139492). N° de réf. du libraire 139492

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Titre : TALES OF NATURAL AND UNNATURAL CATASTROPHES

Éditeur : Bloomsbury [1987]., [London]

Date d'édition : 1987

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included

Edition : 1st Edition

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A brilliant collection of stories, based on natural and unnatural catastrophes and exploring the macabre and its meaning. The stories range from midnight revelling in an East Austrian cemetery to a picnic for "crackpots" on the White House lawn. They also include the source of the tell-tale smells of Nabuti, the unsporting hiding place chosen by the Nuclear Control Committee for radio-active waste, and the crumbling defence tactics of a luxury high-rise against a crawling army that fumigation cannot kill. Other tales tell of how magic and horror stories followed in the wake of a furious whale, how miracle and revolution were launched when a Pope stubbed his toe, and how happiness came to a woman who thought she was Cleopatra.

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"Whereas we read Stephen King or Ruth Rendell to relish the thrills that come from carefully controlled verbal terror, Highsmith is not to be taken so lightly. She conveys a firm, unshakable belief in the existence of evil-personal, psychological, and political. . . . The genius of Tales-and of all Highsmith's writing-is that it is at once deeply disturbing and exhilarating."-Michael Bronski, The Boston Phoenix

In this eerily up-to-date collection, Highsmith's incisive prose chronicles a world gone slightly mad, its catastrophes precipitated by human folly and excess. From the White House under siege by the homeless to a 190-year-old woman perpetually near death and dimly glowing, each tale unfolds the illogical extremes of humanity in the late twentieth century. Highsmith transmogrifies the face of daily existence to lay bare its manifold dark motives. These stories leave us haunted with "afterimages that will tremble-but stay-in our minds" (The New Yorker).

"The stories are flush with satire, mischief and menace. Hers is a world consumed by self-destruction, driven by stupidity, greed and self-interest-a place where the human race cannibalizes its own. . . . [Her stories] unsettle the soul and dampen the palms."-Jill Pearlman, Harper's Bazaar

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995), an American who lived most of her life in Europe, was the author of such classic suspense novels as Strangers on a Train (made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock, with a screenplay by Raymond Chandler), The Talented Mr. Ripley (awarded both the Grand Prix de Littrature Policire and the Edgar Allan Poe Scroll by the Mystery Writers of America), The Cry of the Owl, Found in the Street, Those Who Walk Away, The Two Faces of January (winner of the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain's first prize for best foreign novel), A Game for the Living, Edith's Diary, and seven collections of short stories, including Eleven and Tales of Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes.

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