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Margaret Atwood
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28 Aug 2014

A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire, and a crime committed long ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatalite.

In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood ventures into the shadowland earlier explored by fabulists and concoctors of dark yarns such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Daphne du Maurier and Arthur Conan Doyle - and also by herself, in her award-winning novel Alias Grace. In Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (28 Aug 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1408857162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408857168
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays.

In addition to the classic The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize and Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, was published in 2009. She was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature in 2008.

Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto, Canada.

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One of the most important writers in English today

(Germaine Greer)

Margaret Atwood is the quiet Mata Hari, the mysterious, violent figure ... who pits herself against the ordered, too clean world like an arsonist (Michael Ondaatje)

It's easy to appreciate the grand array of Margaret Atwood's works ... in all their power and grace and variety. When I think of it, and put it together with her writerly gifts and achievements, it takes my breath away (Alice Munro)

Atwood is a poet. Scarcely a sentence of her quick, dry yet avid prose fails to do useful work

( John Updike)

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Nine darkly humorous tales from one of today's greatest writers

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just stunning 6 Sep 2014
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I give five stars reluctantly. Four stars means "this is a very good book and I recommend it" whereas five stars means "this is superlative--an exceptional, out of the ordinary book and a must-read." I cannot deny that fifth star to Stone Mattress. Margaret Attwood is a fine writer--we know that. There are many fine writers. What marks her out is her ability to write excellent books without writing what is effectively the same book over and over again. I sometimes wonder just what sort of person could possibly come up with these ideas, but I cannot hide my admiration for a writer who combines such a vivid imagination with quite brilliant execution. I know that not everyone likes the short story form; if you like short stories, you owe it to yourself to read this stunning collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre, plausible and wonderful 1 Sep 2014
A simply wonderful collection of tales. Atwood has a gift for creating bizarre scenarios that seem completely plausible - case in point 'Torching the Dusties', the last tale in the collection and my personal favourite - all the while guiding you through each turn of events with a lovely wry humour.
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A solid set of short stories. Not her best work but very evocative and interesting.
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wonderful book that I am going to share with my friend and colleages
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