Eleven

Eleven

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Unsuspecting victims are devoured by their own obsessions in this perfectly chilling collection. A man becomes devoted to his pet snails, with fatal results. A young nanny turns arsonist in a bid to become heroine of the hour. A boy finally stands up to his mother, with knife in hand. Highsmith weaves a world claustrophobic in its intensity, disturbing in its mundanity, as she probes the dark corners of the human psyche. "Eleven" is a collection of masterpieces of Highsmith's particular art, full of compulsion, foreboding and cruel pleasures.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 14mm | 99.79g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • UK open market ed
  • 0747575002
  • 9780747575009
  • 598,291

Review quote

'Fabulous, in all senses of that word' Paul Theroux 'Miss Highsmith is a novelist whose books one can re-read many times. There are very few of whom one can say that' Graham Greene 'What is striking about these stories is their integrity: they are all of a piece ... a brilliant collection' Sunday Times 'The mood of nagging apprehension is consistent, skilfully underplayed so that just the right amount of chill is induced with an economy of means' New York Times
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About Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1921. Her first novel, Strangers On A Train, was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The Talented Mr Ripley, published in 1955, was awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Scroll by the Mystery Writers of America and introduced the fascinating anti-hero Tom Ripley, who was to appear in many of her later crime novels. Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland, in February 1995. Her last novel, Small g: A Summer Idyll, was published posthumously just over a month later.
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Rating details

502 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 26% (131)
4 41% (205)
3 27% (136)
2 5% (24)
1 1% (6)
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