In the short fiction of Angela Carter, the landmarks of reality disappear and give way to a landscape of riotous and uncensored sensibility.
The city of Tokyo turns into a mirrored chamber reflecting the impossible longings of an exiled Englishwoman abandoned by her Japanese lover.
An itinerant puppet show becomes a theatre of murderous lust.
A walk through the forest ends in a nightmarish encounter with a gun-toting nymph and her hermaphrodite 'aunt'.
Not simply a book of tales, Fireworks is a headlong plunge into an alternate universe, the unique creation of one of the most fertile, dark, irreverent, and baroquely beautiful imaginations in contemporary fiction.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 05/10/2006
- Category: Short stories
- ISBN: 9781844083671
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Review by allyshaw
Returning to the story, "Penetrating to the Heart of the Forest"-- longing for an Edenic thrill and this fits the bill.