Loitering with Intent

Loitering with Intent

Paperback New Directions Classics

By (author) Muriel Spark

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  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 202mm x 15mm | 647g
  • Publication date: 17 June 2001
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0811214745
  • ISBN 13: 9780811214742
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 377,423

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"How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century," Fleur Talbot rejoices. Happily loitering about London, c. 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job "on the grubby edge of the literary world," as secretary to the peculiar Autobiographical Association. Mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advance or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? Rich material, in any case. But when its pompous director, Sir Quentin Oliver, steals the manuscript of Fleur's new novel, fiction begins to appropriate life. The association's members begin to act out scenes exactly as Fleur herself has already written them in her missing manuscript. And as they meet darkly funny, pre-visioned fates, where does art start or reality end? "A delicious conundrum," The New Statesman called Loitering with Intent."

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