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Femina Real

Femina Real

(1971)
A collection of stories by

 
This collection of nine short stories contains some of A. L. Barker's most powerful and disquieting fiction. 'Noon', about a middle-aged man's unacknowledged trysts with a young girl, memorably expresses the ambivalence and repression which haunts ordinary and respectable lives against the backdrop of a Mediterranean package-holiday hotel; in 'Glory, Glory Allelujah' an aging brother and sister attempt to exorcise the imprisoned hopelessness of their lives in a ritual bonfire in memory of their dead mother; and with stories such as 'Almost an International Incident' and 'Monstra Deliciosa' the author attunes her command of humour and finely wrought levity to display a writing sensibility that alternates between despair and sanguinity to unique, skilful and moving effect. 'She is formidable, and from a bare corner of human relations gathers a rich harvest.' Adam Mars-Jones 'Her glancing, allusive writing carries one along easily, darting from invention to invention . . . Underneath there is a firm, ordering imagination and the poise of perfect pitch.' New Statesman 'It would be hard to find anyone who chooses words more exactly or constructs with more precision.' Penelope Fitzgerald

 
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Hardback Editions

December 1971 : UK Hardback
Title: Femina Real
Author(s): A L Barker
ISBN: 0-7012-0352-8 / 978-0-7012-0352-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Hogarth Press Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Femina Real
Author(s): A L Barker
ISBN: 0-571-25501-9 / 978-0-571-25501-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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