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The Passion

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  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 15mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago
  • ISBN 10: 0802135226
  • ISBN 13: 9780802135223
  • Sales rank: 45,846

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Winner of the 1987 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, this novel explores the many faces of passion. Set in Napoleon's Europe, it is an evocative exploration of love, war and chance.

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"Its concentrated, beautifully detailed prose recalls the diction of fairy tale; its plot incorporates their magic, their shrewd wit and brutality...a deeply imagined and beautiful book, often arrestingly so." -"The New York Times""Recalls Garcia Marquez...magical touches dance like highlights over the brilliance of this fairy tale about passion, gambling, madness, and androgynous ecstasy." -Edmund White"A historical novel quite different from any other...it is written with a living passion, an eyewitness immediacy....Winterson is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent deeply abides." -"Vanity Fair""The overwhelming impression of her work is one of remarkable self-confidence, and she evidently thrives on risk....As good as Poe: it dares you to laugh and stares you down." -"The New York Review of Books""The book has the enchanted pessimism of the best fairy tales. "The Passion" is a love story, a meditation on pleasure and its limits, a poetic novel written in a style that is wholly original." -"Interview"