The Passion

The Passion

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Jeanette Winterson s novels have established her as one of the most important young writers in world literature. "The Passion" is perhaps her most highly acclaimed work, a modern classic that confirms her special claim on the novel. Set during the tumultuous years of the Napoleonic Wars, "The Passion" intertwines the destinies of two remarkable people: Henri, a simple French soldier, who follows Napoleon from glory to Russian ruin; and Villanelle, the red-haired, web-footed daughter of a Venetian boatman, whose husband has gambled away her heart. In Venice s compound of carnival, chance, and darkness, the pair meet their singular destiny. In her unique and mesmerizing voice, Winterson blends reality with fantasy, dream, and imagination to weave a hypnotic tale with stunning effects."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 15.24mm | 181.44g
  • Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Chicago, United States
  • English
  • 0802135226
  • 9780802135223
  • 77,764

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Its concentrated, beautifully detailed prose recalls the diction of fairy tale; its plot incorporates their magic, their shrewd wit and brutalitya deeply imagined and beautiful book, often arrestingly so. "The New York Times" Recalls Garcia Marquezmagical 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 otherit 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""show more

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14,472 ratings
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5 41% (5,982)
4 36% (5,179)
3 17% (2,525)
2 4% (617)
1 1% (169)
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