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‘This book is a work of art’ Daily Telegraph

A S Byatt's fairy tales and fables are among the best-loved features of her fiction. Innumerable readers have asked for the two marvellous fairy tales in POSSESSION - 'The Glass Coffin' and 'Gode's Tale' of the Breton Naie des Trepasses - to be published seperately. Here they take their place with three other stories with medieval and oriental settings. The title story, 'The Djinn and the Nightingale's Eye', a long story about an Englishwoman in Turkey who unwittingly releases a genie from his bottle, is a reflection on women's lives, on magic and on the power of storytelling itself.

Reviews

Those new to the world of Byatt might well begin here, with these tales-within-tales, which one can read as anything from contemporary allegories - such as the superb Dragon's Breath, evoking every idyll that ever fell foul of war or famine - to sheer celebrations of storytelling itself

Vogue

The familiar elements of fairy story come to life under A.S. Byatt's touch...with lightness, precision, grace

Observer

A cerebral extravaganza, bristling with ideas

Spectator

The fairy story is obviously a form that fascinates A.S. Byatt, it suits her spare, cool prose and this collection enables her to create very different effects... a beautifully produced book

Financial Times

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  • EBook

    9781448162796

    October 26, 2018

    Vintage Digital

    288 pages

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  • The Djinn In The Nightingale's Eye
    A S Byatt

    Paperback

    9780099521310

    October 6, 1995

    Vintage

    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

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