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"Voyage in the dark" ; "Quartet" ; "After leaving Mr Mackenzie" ; "Good morning, midnight."
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 1st 1984 by Andre Deutsch Ltd
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Vagaries of body and soul, these four novels trace the paths of four lost and equally lucid heroines on their way down from a point that was never that far up to begin with. With the exception of "Quartet", weaker in structure than the other three, these novels are not only poignant in their brutal honesty, but technically brilliant in terms of narrative structure.
Underated when published (between 1928 and 1938, ahead of their time?) disconcerting and demanding, they deserve to be rediscovered.
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