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Fireworks

Angela Carter

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories

Nine darkly inventive tales from one of Britain's most original and imaginative writers.

In the short fiction of Angela Carter, the landmarks of reality disappear and give way to a landscape of riotous and uncensored sensibility. The city of Tokyo turns into a mirrored chamber reflecting the impossible longings of an exiled Englishwoman abandoned by her Japanese lover. An itinerant puppet show becomes a theatre of murderous lust. A walk through the forest ends in a nightmarish encounter with a gun-toting nymph and her hermaphrodite 'aunt'. Not simply a book of tales, Fireworks is a headlong plunge into an alternate universe, the unique creation of one of the most fertile, dark, irreverent, and baroquely beautiful imaginations in contemporary fiction.

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Angela Carter

Angela Carter was born in 1940. One of Britain's most original and disturbing writers, she died in 1992.

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