Greta Garbo's Feet & Other Stories

 

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Greta Garbo's Feet & Other Stories


by Meaghan Delahunt (Author)

 

Hardback

ISBN: 9780992739263

 

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Greta Garbo's Feet & Other Stories by Meaghan Delahunt (Hardback) (ISBN: 9780992739263)

"There are 13 in Greta Garbo’s Feet, and not one outstays its welcome... It’s as good a collection of short stories as I’ve read in a long while, distinguished by Delahunt’s broad scope, perceptiveness, inquisitive nature (one story hints that she actually enjoys hearing strangers’ life stories on trains) and, not least, her ability to recognise a good idea and pare it down to its essentials. " Alastair Mabbott, The Herald (04.12.15)

'These are not stories so much as performances - pitch perfect at every sentence, where every word, every description counts. Something is being enacted for us in a tiny space and there are no doors or windows here. The reader has no escape and the drama - though invariably it's drama that happens off the page and will only bring its full weight down to bear in the silence that follows its description - is inevitable.'
-Kirsty Gunn

Delahunt's lyrical, honed, and attentive prose, evocative imagery and political questionings are given full rein in this collection. These are stories of longing, mourning, and risk-taking set in India and Mexico, Scotland, Greece and Australia. The scope and ambition of these stories - ranging across different voices, characters, continents and time - show an artist fully and playfully at home with the form: a young girl yearns to be a cliff diver in Acapulco; a violent man talks to his plants in a Melbourne courtyard; an elderly woman refuses to give up sex; a transgender beautician sleeps with a transvestite doctor; a 20th century Revolutionary time travels to Scotland; a couple in Greece find their intimacy disrupted by a stranger. Vivid, visceral and often darkly comic, Delahunt plays with form and content - from the Japanese haibun to the dramatic monologue.

Meaghan Delahunt was born in Melbourne and has lived in Edinburgh since 1992. Awards for her work include the Flamingo/HQ National Short Story Prize (Australia), a regional Commonwealth Prize, a Saltire First Book Award and a nomination for the Orange Prize. She is the author of novels: In the Blue House, The Red Book, and To the Island. Her work has been widely translated and her short stories anthologised and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Stirling and is an Arts & Culture editor for www.bellacaledonia.com



 

ISBN 992739268
ISBN13 9780992739263
Publisher Word Power Women
Format Hardback
Publication date 16/11/2015
Pages 192
Weight (grammes) 751.00
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 170
Width (mm) 120