The Darkness of Wallis Simpson Paperback
by Rose Tremain
From the author of The Gustav SonataWallis Simpson, the twice-divorced American woman for whom Edward Vlll abdicated in 1936, ended her life as the prisoner of her lawyer who would not allow anyone - friend, foe or journalist - to visit her in her Paris flat.
Rose Tremain takes this true story and transforms it into an imaginative and ironic fiction.
Her thesis is that Wallis, gaga and bed-ridden, has forgotten the king who gave up an empire for love of her.
The other stories in this magnificent collection range over a variety of themes, equally original and unexpected.
An East German border guard, redundant after the Berlin Wall comes down in 1989, imagines that he might still have a purpose in life: he tries to reach Russia by bicycling across the hostile wastes of Poland.
A jilted man gets his revenge. A baby grows wings. A character in an Impressionist painting escapes from his 'frame' - or does he? And there's a Christmas story set in a seedy hotel... Over a million Rose Tremain books sold`A writer of exceptional talent ...
Tremain is a writer who understands every emotion' Independent I`There are few writers out there with the dexterity or emotional intelligence to rival that of the great Rose Tremain' Irish Times`Tremain has the painterly genius of an Old Master, and she uses it to stunning effect' The Times`Rose Tremain is one of the very finest British novelists' Salman Rushdie`Tremain is a writer of exemplary vision and particularity.
The fictional world is rendered with extraordinary vividness' Marcel Theroux, Guardian
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 21/09/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099268567
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