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From the eerily outlandish to the dark and brutal, Eleven presents a gallery of bizarre characters, each driven by strange unspoken urges, whose cumulative effect is at least as unsettling as any of Highsmith's previous novels.
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Patricia Highsmith was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1921. Her first novel, Strangers On A Train, was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The Talented Mr Ripley, published in 1955, was awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Scroll by the Mystery Writers of America and introduced the fascinating anti-hero Tom Ripley, who was to appear in many of her later crime novels. Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland, in February 1995. Her last novel, Small g: A Summer Idyll, was published posthumously just over a month later.Review:
What is striking about these stories is their integrity: they are all of a piece; they grow, with that tensed-spring inevitability of the unfolding rose observed by elapsed-time photography; together they are a brilliant collection.” The Sunday Times (London)
The mood of nagging apprehension is consistent, skillfully underplayed so that just the right amount of chill is induced with an economy of means.” J. R. Frankes, The New York Times Book Review
Highsmith is the poet of apprehension rather than fear. . . . In her short stories Highsmith naturally has to adopt a different method. She is after the quick kill rather than the slow encirclement of the reader, and how admirably and with what field-craft she hunts us down.” Graham Greene
Highsmith’s genius is in presenting fantasy’s paradox: successes are not what they seem . . . Where in the traditional fairy tale the heroine turns the toad into a prince, in Highsmith’s fable the prince becomes a toad success is nearly always fatal. . . . Combining the best features of the suspense genre with the best of existential fiction a reflection the stories are fabulous, in all senses of that word.” Paul Theroux
"A brilliant collection.” The Sunday Times (UK)
One of the truly brilliant short-story writers of the 20th century.” Otto Penzler
"She’s sui generis, a writer of almost occult power.” Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times
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Book Description William Heinemann Ltd, 1970. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11043433510X
Book Description William Heinemann Ltd, 1970. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M043433510X