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A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
FEATURED IN THE GUARDIAN’S BEST FICTION OF 2017
WINNER OF THE 2018 EDGE HILL READERS’ CHOICE AWARD
WINNER OF THE EAST ANGLIAN BOOK AWARD
She is running and becoming smaller, running and becoming smaller, running in the light of the reddening sun, the red of her hair and her coat falling, the red of her fur and her body loosening. Running. Holding behind her a sudden, brazen object, white-tipped. Her yellow scarf trails in the briar. All vestiges shed.
Sarah Hall is an exquisite chronicler of landscapes – rural, industrial, psychological – and these haunting stories reveal a writer at the peak of her powers. Rich in the mythic symbolism of wilderness and wasteland, these tales blur the natural and urban, mundane and surreal, human and animal. Written in Hall’s lyrical prose, this uncannily disturbing collection glitters with poetic and erotic imagery. Marked by a fascination with the intimacy of nature – and the nature of intimacy – Madame Zero is a stunning new collection from an author twice nominated for the Booker Prize.
I can't praise [it] highly enough.
Madame Zero is astonishing: humane yet otherworldly, disturbing, sexy and strange. The woman is a genius.
Sarah Hall is another voice I love. Her new book of short stories, Madame Zero, is a showcase for her clean, vivid style and her surreal, often feral imagination.
Great short stories are the shape of themselves: image, voice and plot dovetailed to the chosen form. Hall’s stories are vixen-shaped: urban and rural, feral and natural, female and stinky, beautiful and tough. Like Mrs Fox herself, they slide quietly into view and stare at us with their citrine eyes; exceptional, compelling, frightening and authentic.
Sensual, shape-shifting tales from the alarmingly talented Sarah Hall.
Hall looks with frightening believability into dystopian, apocalyptic, and disease-ravaged near futures. Already Booker-shortlisted twice for her novels, Hall is an edgy, sensuous, and immediate writer of striking power and grace.
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