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"'...I met the sad menopausee and offered her, at the flick of a switch, a return of beauty, youth, and desire. And - after all, I'm no stinge-merchant - power and money as well. Why not? If a man, such as Dr Faustus, was offered such commodities by myself... why not a woman, in this age of equality?'"

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Emma Tennant's ingenious modern-day reworking of the Faust legend desc
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Published March 1st 1993 by Faber & Faber (first published January 1st 1993)
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Nov 10, 2016 Blue Hole rated it it was amazing
One of the very best books by my very favourite author. A loose retelling of Faustus located in the hidden magical history of the twilight years of the failed 60's spirit.

I could gush on and on about the prose style, which is really unlike anything else. Her supposed contemporaries such as Ballard and M J Harrison are only really superficially similar, and do not come close to the level of social and psychological canniness with which Tennant is possessed. But for sake of convenience, she shares
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Since the early 1970s, when she was in her mid-thirties, Emma Tennant has been a prolific novelist and has established herself as one of the leading British exponents of "new fiction." This does not mean that she is an imitator of either the French nouveaux romanciers or the American post-modernists, although her work reveals an indebtedness to the methods and preoccupations of some of the latter. ...more
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