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Madame Two Swords

(1988)
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Aged fourteen, the narrator, in the French city of Troy, finds an old book in a second-hand shop. It's a slender volume, but remarkably well preserved; the narrator wonders who could have allowed such an exquisite artifact to end up amid piles of unwanted, unremarkable books. Surely it must be valuable? The book, she finds, contains writings of the revolutionary, Lucien de Ceppays, who lived and died in the city two centuries before. As she examines the book, she finds a small watercolour slipped between the flyleaf and the cover - a painting of Lucien himself. She feels a strange bond to the life and thoughts of this long-dead man - which blooms into what is almost an obsession.

Some years later, impoverished after the death of her mother, the narrator - in a state of desperation - find herself inexorably guided to meet the peculiar and unnerving Madame Two Swords, an old woman with a history, and her own enduring bonds to Lucien - as well as the book. For the narrator, reality seems to unravel, as she begins to penetrate just how intimately she is connected with Madame Two Swords and Lucien. What is the mysterious truth behind her obsession? Perhaps she did not find the book at all - perhaps it found her.

    

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Hardback Editions

1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Madame two swords
Author(s): Tanith Lee
ISBN: 0-937986-79-8 / 978-0-937986-79-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Donald M. Grant
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Paperback Editions

October 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Madame Two Swords
Author(s): Tanith Lee
ISBN: 1-907737-81-2 / 978-1-907737-81-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Immanion Press
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Kindle Editions

October 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Madame Two Swords
Author(s): Tanith Lee
Publisher: Immanion Press
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