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Memento Mori (Paperback)

Author:  Muriel Spark
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0811214389
ISBN-13: 9780811214384
Sku: 30594675
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  224
Age Range:  NA
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Unforgettably astounding and a joy to read, Memento Mori is considered by many to be the greatest novel by the wizardly Dame Muriel Spark.
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A novel about a group of old people whose eccentricities and prejudices have been solidified by time, and who must face up to unpleasant truths when messages from a mysterious source arrive saying, "Remember you must die." MEMENTO MORI is considered by many critics to be Spark's best novel; Graham Greene claimed it "delighted me as much as any novel that I have read since the war," and Tennessee Williams called it "chillingly brilliant."Muriel Spark's very funny 1959 novel is about a group of old people whose eccentricities and prejudices have been solidified by time, and who must face up to unpleasant truths when messages from a mysterious source arrive saying, "Remember you must die." MEMENTO MORI is considered by many critics to be Spark's best novel; Graham Greene claimed it "delighted me as much as any novel that I have read since the war," and Tennessee Williams called it "chillingly brilliant."
Author Bio
Muriel Spark
Muriel Sarah Spark, née Camberg, was born in Edinburgh in 1918. Although her father was Jewish, she was educated at a Presbyterian school. One of her teachers there inspired Spark's most famous novel, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE. After graduation, she went to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) where she married, had a son, and was divorced. In 1944 she returned to England to work in intelligence until the end of the war; she also wrote poetry and worked as an editor. She converted to Roman Catholicism in 1954, and it was only then that she began to write novels, publishing her first, THE COMFORTERS (1957) at the age of 39. "From that time," she says, "I began to see life as a whole rather than as a series of disconnected happenings." She went on to write more than 20 novels and short story collections; she also continued to write poetry. Sparks lived in Rome for many years, during which she felt she produced her finest work, then relocated to the Tuscan countryside. Her final novel, THE FINISHING SCHOOL, was published in 2004. Muriel Sparks died on April 14, 2006, at the age of 88.

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New Statesman
"There is a Waugh-like brilliance to this novel....This last is the most remarkable of Miss Spark's achievements. Nothing is forced, least of all the humor." - V.S. Naipaul

New York Times Book Review
"[A] bright young lady named Muriel Spark has mixed a touch of Agatha Christie with some of the swift, slightly brutal comedy of Evelyn Waugh to produce a novel about death that ought to tease, entertain, and quietly perturb a wide variety of American readers. - Robert Phelps 05/17/1959

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0224
Product attributePublisher:   New Directions Publishing Corporation
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