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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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

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 - 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.

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