Sea of Glass (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)

Sea of Glass (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)

3.53 (62 ratings by Goodreads)
3.53 (62 ratings by Goodreads)

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Old Mrs. Ellison doesn't have much longer to live, and her scheming son Cedric is counting the days until he inherits her fortune. But his plans are upset by the arrival of his niece Varvara, a beautiful and wild young woman from a remote Chinese region known as the 'Sea of Glass', a strange land where wars are fought with crossbows and 'highly damaging curses' and where death may come at any moment in the form of a venomous barking spider. With the aid of a love-struck law student and a bibulous butler, Varvara aims to thwart the wiles of her evil uncle-but events take an unexpected and fatal turn in this unusual story, which is by turns hilarious and macabre.

An exquisite blend of comedy, murder mystery, and surreal fantasy, Dennis Parry's masterpiece Sea of Glass (1955) was published to near-universal acclaim and has counted Edward Gorey among its admirers, but sank into an undeserved obscurity following Parry's untimely death a month after publication. This edition features a new introduction by Simon Stern. Parry's novel of possession from beyond the grave, The Survivor (1940), is also available from Valancourt.

'Amazingly original and brilliant' - Illustrated London News

'How well Mr. Parry writes!' - New Statesman

'Preposterous, often wonderfully funny' - The Guardian
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Product details

  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 15mm | 218g
  • English
  • 1941147119
  • 9781941147115
  • 2,758,389

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