Midsummer Nights

Category: Book
Edited By: Winterson, Jeanette
Subject:  FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)
  FICTION / Literary
  MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Opera
Publisher: Quercus Books
Published: July 2010
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 325
Size: 7.60in x 5.00in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*An anthology of opera-inspired stories by some of the most acclaimed writers of modern fiction includes new work by Kate Atkinson, Alexander McCall Smith, Ruth Rendell, Anne Enright, and many more Jeanette Winterson`s request of many of her best-loved contemporaries was that they "choose an opera, and from its music or its characters, its plot or its libretto, or even a mood evoked, write a story." This specially commissioned collection of comedies, tragedies, and tales of love won or lost is contemporary fiction at its very finest, a book as broad in content as it is deep in atmosphere. The characters are from all walks of life, all parts of the world, and are driven by all motivations. All the stories are rich with emotion and written to inspire. Written for lovers of fiction and opera alike, this anthology includes notes explaining on which opera each story is based, with a brief synopsis and a history of where and when it was first performed. The inside front and back covers feature brand new opera-themed illustrations from Posy Simmonds, the cartoonist whose work includes Gemma Bovary and Tamara Drewe.
Review Quote*"The strongest and wittiest anthology of short fiction to appear for years: a superior selection box of irresistible delights." -Tablet
Review Quote*"Wonderfully innovative, creative and fun." -Times
Review Quote*"Soars to some hugely enjoyable climaxes." -Irish Times
Review Quote*"Offers a glimpse of how the inspirational and the creative juices interact." -Spectator
Biographical NoteJeanette Winterson won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel for Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Since then she has written eight other novels, including Lighthousekeeping, The Passion, and Written on the Body, and has been published in 32 countries.