I am waiting for this visitor so that I can tell my story and die.Victoria Morrell was once a great artist. She led the high life - living and working in Paris in the 1920s, mixing with the artists of the Surrealist movement. Her work was largely forgotten in the fifties and sixties, but was rediscovered in the seventies when she became something of a cult figure in the London art scene. She now lives as a recluse in Hampstead, London.And she is dying.Anna Griffin is the young woman commissioned to write a biography of Victorias life. In many ways their lives strangely intersect, since they grew up in the same town and share preoccupations with underground spaces, deserts and the many forms of grief. In a compelling double narrative, Gail Jones tracks Victoria's past as it intertwines with Anna's life. The stories Victoria tells - the 'black mirror' stories - enable both women to enter into new forms of sympathy and understanding.Elegant, enthralling, and emotionally charged, Black Mirror is both a novel of love and family mystery, and a meditation on the nature of artistic vision and obsession. It is Gail Jones finest work to date.
Used availability for Gail Jones's Black Mirror
2002 : UK Paperback