ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: September 7, 2006
By (author) Muriel Spark; Introduction by Ian Rankin
This is the story of a dinner party, a knot of people with pasts and connections which at first seem few but are later found to be many …The prevailing mood is urbane: the wine is poured, the talk continues, and all the time the ice on which the protagonists’ world rests is being thinned from beneath by boiling emotions and ugly motives …No living writer handles the tension between formality of expression and the subversiveness of thought more elegantly’ Candia McWilliam, Independent on Sunday
Born in Edinburgh, Muriel Spark was internationally famous and received the Italia Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the FNAC Prix Etranger and the Saltire Prize, among many others. She was elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1978 and to L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 1988. She died in April 2006.