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A. S. Byatt - Passions ​of the Mind
Whether ​she is writing about George Eliot or Sylvia Plath; Victorian spiritual malaise or Toni Morrison; mythic strands in the novels of Iris Murdoch and Saul Bellow; politics behind the popularity of Barbara Pym or the ambitions that underlie her own fiction, Byatt manages to be challenging, entertaining, and unflinchingly committed to the alliance of literature and life.

A. S. Byatt - Still ​Life
Still ​Life is the second volume of a tetralogy. The three Potter children, Stephanie, Frederika and Marcus, in troduced in The Virgin in the Garden continue in conflict with their Yorkshire roots. To them, and to the author, intellectual passions are as all-encompassing as emotional ties, and always at war with them. Frederika, whose novel this really is, escapes to Cambridge and the life of the mind, al beit not without constant struggle. Mar cus, after a long breakdown, manages to stay and function in Yorkshire. Stephanie, having opted for small-town family life, loses her fight to retain an independent intellectual existence and is horribly vanquished by the material world in the book's one tragic moment. This is an opaque, challenging, and re warding novel . While its intellectual preoccupations and allusions will not be readily accessible to a broad reading public, it belongs in major fiction col lections.

A. S. Byatt - Elementals
From ​the booker Prize-winning author of Possession comes this richly imaginitive story collection that transports the reader to a world where opposites--passion and loneliness, betrayal and loyalty, fire and ice--clash and converge. A beautiful ice maiden risks her life when she falls in love with a desert prince, whose passionate touches scorch her delicate skin. A woman flees the scene of her husband's heart attack, leaving her entire past behind her. Striving to master color and line, a painter discovers the resolution to his artisitc problems when a beautiful and magical water snake appears in his pool. And a wealthy Englishwoman gradually loses her identity while wandering through a shopping mall. Elegantly crafter and suffused with boundless wisdom, these bewitching tales are a testament to a writer at the hieght of her powers.

A. S. Byatt - Sugar ​and Other Stories
A.S. ​Byatt's short fictions, collected in paperback for the first time, explore the fragile ties between generations, the dizzying abyss of loss and the elaborate memories we construct against it, resulting in a book that compels us to inhabit other lives and returns us to our own with new knowledge, compassion, and a sense of wonder.

A. S. Byatt - The ​Matisse Stories
These ​three stories celebrate the eye even as they reveal its unexpected proximity to the heart. For if each of A.S. Byatt's narratives is in some way inspired by a painting of Henri Matisse, each is also about the intimate connection between seeing and feeling--about the ways in which a glance we meant to be casual may suddenly call forth the deepest reserves of our being. Beautifully written, intensely observed, The Matisse Stories is fiction of spellbinding authority.

A. S. Byatt - The ​Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye
The ​magnificent title story of this collection of fairy tales for adults describes the strange and uncanny relationship between its extravagantly intelligent heroine--a world renowned scholar of the art of story-telling--and the marvelous being that lives in a mysterious bottle, found in a dusty shop in an Istanbul bazaar. As A.S. Byatt renders this relationship with a powerful combination of erudition and passion, she makes the interaction of the natural and the supernatural seem not only convincing, but inevitable. The companion stories in this collection each display different facets of Byatt's remarkable gift for enchantment. They range from fables of sexual obsession to allegories of political tragedy; they draw us into narratives that are as mesmerizing as dreams and as bracing as philosophical meditations; and they all us to inhabit an imaginative universe astonishing in the precision of its detail, its intellectual consistency, and its splendor.

A. S. Byatt - Angels ​and Insects
ANGELS ​AND INSECTS comprises two novellas, each set in the 19th century. In the first, "Morpho Eugenia," a young entomologist named William Adamson is employed as a cataloguer by a clergyman with an interest in insects. The man has a devastatingly beautiful daughter, the eponymous Eugenia, with whom William falls helplessly in love. "Morpho Eugenia" is also the name of an elusive butterfly. It is only after William marries Eugenia that he becomes aware of his wife's true nature, and of some bizarre correspondences between her and some of the insects he has been studying. A minor character in "Morpho Eugenia" becomes a main character in "The Conjugal Angel," in which the poet Tennyson's sister Emily continues to be obsessed with the man she loved--Arthur Hallam, who died at sea and was immortalized by Tennyson in his famous poem "In Memoriam." Now Emily, married but having doubts about her husband, consults a clairvoyant hoping to get in touch with Arthur's spirit. In both novellas, as in her bestselling novel POSSESSION, A.S. Byatt reveals her awesome erudition and her firm grasp of the details of life in Victorian England.

A. S. Byatt - On ​Histories and Stories: Selected Essays
In ​these seven essays, the British novelist Byatt examines many themes: the historical novel as created by 20th-century English writers, the relations between scholarship and the creation of fiction, the modern European novel and its debt to mythology, and how fairy tales have influenced her and other modern authors. The three chapters on serious historical literature are from the 1999 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature that she gave at Emory University, while the section on the European novel is an expanded version of Byatt's Finzi-Contini lecture given at Yale in 1999. For Byatt fans, the best essay is "True Stories and the Facts in Fiction," which outlines how scholarly serendipity inspired her novellas Angels and Insects. Plot summaries and extensive quotations from the selected texts will give readers an appetite to read the many novels discussed in these pieces, though the general reader may feel overwhelmed by the virtuosity of Byatt's complex insights and multiple interests.

A. S. Byatt - The ​Game
The ​Game is a lush and disturbing novel portraying a sibling rivalry which compels the reader to reconsider the uses and misuses of imagination. when they were little girls, Cassandra and Julia played a game in which they entered an alternate world modeled on the landscapes of Arthurian romance. Now the sisters are grown, and hostile strangers--until a figure from their past, a man they once both loved and suffered over, reenters their lives.

A. S. Byatt - Degrees ​of Freedom
Examines ​Iris Murdoch's early works of fiction and main philosophical ideas, relating the two and providing an insight into the larger dimensions of the novels. Byatt's survey groups and interrelates the novels, picks out recurrent themes and presents the key ideas.

A. S. Byatt - Unruly ​Times: Wordsworth and Coleridge in Their Time
With ​a novelist's insight and eye for detail A. S. Byatt examines the relationship between Wordsworth and Coleridge, against the background of the great changes of their times — in society, politics, education and literature. As she charts their personal lives, traces the growth of their ideas and shows how these are reflected in their work, we are presented with vivid pictures, not only of Wordsworth and Coleridge,but of their families, friends and contemporaries — Southey, de Quincey, Lamb, Hazlitt, Byron and Keats.

A. S. Byatt - The ​Shadow of the Sun
This ​is the debut novel by the author of the bestselling Possession. Byatt tells the story of troubled, sensitive seventeen-year-old Anna Severell, who struggles to discover and develop her own personality in the shadow of her father, a renowned novelist.

A. S. Byatt - Possession
Possession ​is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once a literary detective novel and a triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars investigating the lives of two Victorian poets.Following a trail of letters, journals and poems they uncover a web of passion, deceit and tragedy, and their quest becomes a battle against time.

A. S. Byatt - A ​Whistling Woman
This ​intoxicating novel stands on its own, while forming a triumphant conclusion to A. S. Byatt's great quartet depicting the clashing forces in English life from the early 1950s to 1970. While Frederica falls almost by accident into a career in television in London, tumultuous events in her home county of Yorkshire threaten to change her life, and those of the people she loves. A Whistling Woman is the ultimate novel of ideas made flesh -- gloriously sensual, sexy and scary, bursting with ideas, and wonderful humanity.

A. S. Byatt - Babel ​Tower
At ​the heart of Babel Tower are two law cases, twin strands of the Establishment's web, that shape the story: a painful divorce and custody suit and the prosecution of an "obscene" book. Frederica, the independent young heroine, is involved in both. She startled her intellectual circle of friends by marrying a young country squire, whose violent streak has now been turned against her. Fleeing to London with their young son, she gets a teaching job in an art school, where she is thrown into the thick of the new decade. Poets and painters are denying the value of the past, fostering dreams of rebellion, which focus around a strange, charismatic figure -- the near-naked, unkempt and smelly Jude Mason, with his flowing gray hair, a hippie before his time. We feel the growing unease, the undertones of sex and cruelty. The tension erupts over his novel Babbletower, set in a past revolutionary era, where a band of people retire to a castle to found an ideal community. In this book, as in the courtrooms, as in the art school's haphazard classes and on the committee set up to study "the teaching of language," people function increasingly in groups. Many are obsessed with protecting the young, but the fashionable notion of children as innocent and free slowly comes to seem wishful, and perilous. Babel Tower is the third, following The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life, of a planned quartet of novels set in different mid-century time frames. The personal and legal crises of Frederica mirror those of the age. This is the decade of the Beatles, the Death of God, the birth of computer languages. In Byatt's vision, the presiding genius of the 1960s seems to be a blend of the Marquis de Sade and The Hobbit. The resulting confusion, charted with a brilliant imaginative sympathy, is as comic as it is threatening and bizarre.

A. S. Byatt - Ignes Sodre - Imagining ​Characters
In ​this innovative and wide-ranging book, Byatt and the psychoanalyst Ignes Sodre bring their different sensibilities to bear on six novels they have read and loved: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Bronte's Villette, George Elliot's Daniel Deronda, Willa Cather's The Professor's House, Iris Murdoch's An Unofficial Rose, and Toni Morrison's Beloved. The results are nothing less than an education in the ways literature grips its readers and, at times, transforms their lives. Imagining Characters is indispensable, a work of criticism that returns us to the books it discusses with renewed respect and wonder.

A. S. Byatt - Ragnarok
Ragnarok ​retells the finale of Norse mythology. A story of the destruction of life on this planet and the end of the gods themselves: what more relevant myth could any modern writer choose? Just as Wagner used this dramatic and catastrophic struggle for the climax of his Ring Cycle, so AS Byatt now reinvents it in all its intensity and glory. Ragnarok is the story of the end of the world. It is a tale of destruction of life on this planet and the end of the gods themselves. What more relevant myth could any modern writer find? As the bombs rain down in the Second World War, one young girl is evacuated to the English countryside. She is struggling to make sense of her new wartime life. Then she is given a copy of Asgard and the Gods - a book of ancient Norse myths - and her inner and outer worlds are transformed. War, natural disaster, reckless gods and the recognition of impermanence in the world are just some of the threads that A.S. Byatt weaves into this most timely of books. Just as Wagner borrowd from this dramatic Norse saga for the climax of the Ring Cycle, so Byatt reinvents it for our time in all its intensity and glory. Linguistically stunning and imaginatively abundant, this is a landmark piece of storytelling from one of the world’s truly great writers.

A. S. Byatt - The ​Biographer's Tale
Here ​is the story of Phineas G. Nanson, a disenchanted graduate student who decides to escape the world of postmodern literary theory and immerse himself in the messiness of “real life” by writing a biography of a great biographer. In a series of adventures that are by turns intellectual and comic, scientific and sensual, Phineas tracks his subject to the deserts of Africa and the maelstrom of the Arctic. Along the way he comes to rely on two women, one of whom may be the guide he needs out of the dizzying labyrinth of his research and back into his own life. A tantalizing yarn of detection and desire, The Biographer’s Tale is a provocative look at “truth” in biography and our perennial quest for certainty.

A. S. Byatt - Little ​Black Book of Stories
Like ​Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, Isak Dinesen and Angela Carter, A. S. Byatt knows that fairy tales are for grownups. And in this ravishing collection she breathes new life into the form. Little Black Book of Stories offers shivers along with magical thrills. Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood: two middle-aged women, childhood friends reunited by chance, venture into a dark forest where once, many years before, they saw–or thought they saw–something unspeakable. Another woman, recently bereaved, finds herself slowly but surely turning into stone. A coolly rational ob-gyn has his world pushed off-axis by a waiflike art student with her own ideas about the uses of the body. Spellbinding, witty, lovely, terrifying, the Little Black Book of Stories is Byatt at the height of her craft.

A. S. Byatt - The ​Virgin in the Garden
Antonia ​Byatt's glittering, stylish novel is set in Yorkshire in 1952. And, as the inhabitants of the area set about celebrating the accession of a new Queen with the production of _Astraea_, a verse drama celebrating the great Virgin Queen, the new Elizabethan age is seen to be a curious distortion of that older, fertile age.

A. S. Byatt - The ​Children's Book
A ​spellbinding novel, at once sweeping and intimate, from the Booker Prize–winning author of Possession, that spans the Victorian era through the World War I years, and centers around a famous children’s book author and the passions, betrayals, and secrets that tear apart the people she loves. When Olive Wellwood’s oldest son discovers a runaway named Philip sketching in the basement of the new Victoria and Albert Museum—a talented working-class boy who could be a character out of one of Olive’s magical tales—she takes him into the storybook world of her family and friends. But the joyful bacchanals Olive hosts at her rambling country house—and the separate, private books she writes for each of her seven children—conceal more treachery and darkness than Philip has ever imagined. As these lives—of adults and children alike—unfold, lies are revealed, hearts are broken, and the damaging truth about the Wellwoods slowly emerges. But their personal struggles, their hidden desires, will soon be eclipsed by far greater forces, as the tides turn across Europe and a golden era comes to an end. Taking us from the cliff-lined shores of England to Paris, Munich, and the trenches of the Somme, The Children’s Book is a deeply affecting story of a singular family, played out against the great, rippling tides of the day. It is a masterly literary achievement by one of our most essential writers.

A. S. Byatt - Mindenem
Roland ​Mitchell irodalomtörténész Randolph Henry Ash költő egy meg nem nevezett hölgynek írt levelére bukkan. Megtorpant karrierjén lendítene, ha kiderítené a rejtélyt: ki a címzett, és milyen kapcsolatban voltak? Nyomozása során kollégája, Maud Bailey segítségét kéri, aki a címzett, Christabel Lamotte költőnő életének és munkásságának szakértője. Mindent tudnak a szerzőkről. Vagy mégsem? Kit illetnek a felfedezett új dokumentumok? És mit meg nem tesznek értük pénzes gyűjtők? Hogyan alakult a Viktória korabeli tiltott szerelem sorsa, és könnyebb-e Rolandnak és Maudnak közeledniük egymáshoz a dicsőségéhes akadémiai körök huzakodása közepette? A Mindenem elnyerte a legrangosabb brit irodalmi kitüntetést, a Booker-díjat; 2002-ben megfilmesítették (magyar címe Költői szerelem). A Times irodalmi szerkesztői a lap megjelenése (1923) óta kiadott 100 legjobb angol regény közé sorolták. "Azért írok, mert szenvedélyesen érdekel a nyelv. A regény nyelvből felépített műalkotás; egy személy egyedüllétben írja, egy másik személy - sok önálló személy - pedig egyedüllétben olvassa, remélhetőleg. Ezért érdekel az is, mi megy végbe az olvasók tudatában, az írók, a regénybeli karakterek és narrátorok tudatában. Szeretek olyan emberekről írni, akik gondolkodnak, olyanoknak, akik a gondolkodást legalább olyan fontosnak és érdekesnek (és megszenvedésre méltónak) tartják, mint a szexet vagy az evést. Legkedvesebb regényíróm Marcel Proust. Őt követi Balzac, Dickens, Eliot, Thomas Mann és Henry James, Iris Murdoch, Ford Madox Ford és Willa Cather. És Leo Tolsztoj és Fjodor Dosztojevszki." A. S. Byatt

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