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  • Published: 11 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473547667
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 144


The first short story collection by Angela Carter – the book that presaged The Bloody Chamber.

‘I started to write short pieces when I was living in a room too small to write a novel in.’ So says Angela Carter of this collection, written during a period living in Toyko. These exotic, sensuous stories represent Carter’s first major achievement in the short story form. Lush imaginary forests, a murderous puppet show and an expressionistic vision of Japan: each one instantly conjures an atmosphere, dark and luminous in turn, and from the recognisably daring imagination of one of the great twentieth-century stylists.

  • Pub date: 11 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473547667
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 144

About the Author

Angela Carter

Angela Carter was born in 1940. She lived in Japan, the United States and Australia. Her first novel, Shadow Dance, was published in 1965. Her next book, The Magic Toyshop, won the John Llewllyn Rhys Prize and the next, Several Perceptions, the Somerset Maugham Award. She died in February 1992.

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Praise for Fireworks

“Exotic and sensuous”

Sunday Times


The Age

“It is hard to imagine the literary landscape without Angela Carter. Hers is a legacy that extends way beyond the bounds of her own work”


“I can't think of anyone who is at that pitch of intellectual commentary, fictional experimentation and fullness of expression. I'm not a patch on her. Jesus, I wish I was”

Ali Smith

“Its autobiographical stories set in Japan, where she had gone to live with a Japanese lover, give off a direct and poignant emotion. They show her changing, too”


“Daringly and dangerously erotic, exploring the dark recesses of female sexuality”


“Still remarkable for their darkly allusive imagery...this collection displays the same slightly chilling morality as her early novels”


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