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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?’
Emma Tennant’s ingenious modern-day reworking of the Faust legend describes a young woman’s dark discovery of just what befell her kindly long-lost grandmother.
‘Brilliant’. Penelope Fitzgerald, Evening Standard
‘An elegant and bitter story… an angry diagnosis of consumerism, pollution, wealth, poverty and war…’ Times Literary Supplement
‘It is a masterpiece. Or, as the Devil himself might say, one hell of a book.’ Daily Mail
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