Evangelista's Fan

Evangelista's Fan

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In Rose Tremain's teasing and brilliant title story, EVANGELISTA'S FAN set in a disturbing dreamlike version of Regency London, a young italian clockmaker contrives a magical means, not only of repairing time, but also of unlocking the mechanism of sexual happiness. This collection demonstrates the enormous range of her talent and imagination. Here is history - Agincourt as seen by the herald who rides between the two camps - alongside such contemporary issues as mortgage debt and medical error. Here are stores set in Cornwall, Corsica, Nashville, Niagara and an unidentified city which conjures up any and every Western European capital. Here are the obstinate dreams of the old and the passionate struggles of the yound; here is heartbreak and humour; and here, above all, is love in its many and varied forms.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 16mm | 99.79g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Minerva
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0749396989
  • 9780749396985
  • 478,007

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"A master class in the art of storytelling" Observer "Tremain is elegant, cool and teasing...she is an extremely accomplished writer, ingenious and acute, compassionate and always in control" Daily Telegraph "A perfect demonstration of Rose Tremain's beguilingly original and quirky mind and her ability to set words on paper in the most spellbinding way" Daily Mail "In this superb collection of short stories she displays a dazzling versatility... Rose Tremain's writing has a rare subtlety. And her imagination is extraordinary" Harper & Queenshow more

About Rose Tremain

Anne Tyler is one of America's most acclaimed novelists, and in 1994 was nominated 'greatest living novelist writing in English' by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby. Her fiction includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Breathing Lessons and The Accidental Tourist, which was made into a major film. Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis in 1941, but has lived for many years with her family in Baltimore, where her novels are set.show more

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Refreshingly unpretentious short stories. Some have been published before, but the majority are new, and all are fine examples of Tremain's seemingly limitless imagination and mastery of numerous styles. Here we glimpse into the lives of a solitary, bitter spinster candle-maker in Corsica; an ambitious horologist, 'repairer of time' who is obsessed by what lies behind Evangelista's fan; the astounding awakening of a doctor from her temporary waking coma; and Agincourt as seen by the herald who rides to negotiate between the two camps. Sometimes magical, sometimes startlingly real, this is a powerful, diverse collection. (Kirkus UK)show more

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94 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 19% (18)
4 37% (35)
3 38% (36)
2 2% (2)
1 3% (3)
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