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de MUNRO ALICE
de MUNRO ALICE
Brilliantly paced, lit with sparks of danger and underlying menace,these are dazzling, provocative stories about Svengali men, andradical women who outmanoeuvre them, about destructive marriages andcurdled friendships, about mothers and sons, about moments whichchange or haunt a life. Alice Munro takes on complex, even harrowingemotions and events, and renders them into stories that surprise,amaze and shed light on the unpredictable ways we accommodate to whathappens in our lives. A wife and mother, whose spirit has beencrushed, finds release from her extraordinary pain in the mostunlikely place. The young victim of a humiliating seduction (whichinvolves reading Housman in the nude) finds an unusual way to get herown back and move on. An older woman, dying of cancer, weaves apoisonous story to save her life. Other stories uncover the 'deepholes' in marriage and their consequences, the dangerous intimacy ofgirls and the cruelty of children. The long title story follows Sophia Kovalevsky, a late nineteenth-century Russian emigree andmathematical genius, as she takes a fateful winter journey that begins with a visit to her lover on the Riviera, and ends in Sweden, whereshe is a professor at the only university willing to hire a woman toteach her subject. Munro's unsettling stories turn lives into art,expand our world and our understanding of the strange workings of thehuman heart.