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Publisher's Weekly
The peerless author of A Far Cry from Kensington brings to her latest work a comedian's split-second timing and a classical fascination with fatality. Ten stylish Londoners assemble for a dinner party: as Charterhouse, the all-too-well-named butler, offers each course, Spark serves up a mercilessly economical history of the two hosts, their various guests and the distinguished Hilda Damien, who is expected ''to look in'' after dinner. But early on Spark has privileged the reader with information that might be shocking were it not so shrewdly incorporated: ''But Hilda Damien will not come in after dinner. She is dying, now, as they speak.'' Polished and witty, the narrative cuts from the banquet to episodes in the recent past that link Hilda's death to her associations with the other characters. Especially scrutinized is odd young Margaret, Hilda's new daughter-in-law, whose proximity to the victims of apparently unrelated and bizarre murders engenders the suspicions of even her fond father. Spark's exquisitely balanced tone proves that the richest comedy is that which explores the darkest themes.

Library Journal
Despite the title, no meeting of minds takes place in Spark's astringent new novel. There is, however, a smart London dinner party at which the threads of her narrative simultaneously come together and unravel. Guests of honor are Hilda's son William and his louche bride Margaret, but Hilda herself, a rich widow with doubts about her new daughter-in-law, is inexplicably absent. When the police finally arrive with grim news, Margaret is aghast--''It shouldn't have been till Sunday!''--and the help are very anxious to leave. Nothing is what it seems in Spark's world, and her treatment is so fast and furious that readers new to her work may not know what hit them. A delight, but mainly for fans. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 8/90.-- Grove Koger, Boise P.L., Ind.

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Hardback Editions

May 1993 : USA Hardback

Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0-517-10398-2 / 978-0-517-10398-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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June 1991 : USA Hardback
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Title: Symposium (Thorndike Large Print Cloak & Dagger Series)
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 1-56054-164-4 / 978-1-56054-164-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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May 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 1-85089-473-6 / 978-1-85089-473-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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November 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0-395-51101-1 / 978-0-395-51101-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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September 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel SPARK
ISBN: 0-670-83672-9 / 978-0-670-83672-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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September 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0-09-469660-8 / 978-0-09-469660-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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Paperback Editions

1601 : USA Paperback
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Title: Symposium: A Novel (New Directions Classics)
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0-8112-1659-4 / 978-0-8112-1659-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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September 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Symposium (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 1-84408-247-4 / 978-1-84408-247-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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May 1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0-380-71553-8 / 978-0-380-71553-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
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October 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0-14-012309-1 / 978-0-14-012309-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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September 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0-14-015222-9 / 978-0-14-015222-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Audio Editions

October 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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October 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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October 2007 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0-7531-3782-8 / 978-0-7531-3782-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Publishing
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October 2007 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0-7531-2757-1 / 978-0-7531-2757-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

May 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
Publisher: Virago
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May 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Symposium (Virago Modern Classics Book 348)
Author(s): Muriel Spark
Publisher: Virago
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