ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: August 6, 2009
By (author) Muriel Spark; Introduction by Ali Smith
In Muriel Spark’s fantastic first novel, the only things that aren’t ambiguous are her matchless originality and glittering wit. Caroline Rose is plagued by the tapping of typewriter keys and the strange, detached narration of her every thought and action. She has an unusual problem – she realises she is in a novel. Her fellow characters are also possibly deluded: Laurence, her former lover, finds diamonds in a loaf of bread – could his elderly grandmother really be a smuggler? And Baron Stock, her bookseller friend, believes he is on the trail of England’s leading Satanist.
Reviews of The Comforters
Brilliantly original and fascinating Evelyn Waugh A master of malice and mayhem Michiko Katutani, NEW YORK TIMES
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.