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Settling the World by M. John Harrison, Jennifer Hodgson

Settling the World: Selected Stories 1970-2020

M. John Harrison, Jennifer Hodgson

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Imprint: Comma Press
Publisher: Comma Press
Publication date: 20 Aug 2020
ISBN: 9781912697281
4 stars out of 5
Stuart Kelly
20 Dec 2020

"Perhaps winning this year’s Goldsmiths Prize for innovation in fiction might bring the astonishing oeuvre of M John Harrison to a wider audience"

Each subsequent story twists and writhes in different forms (in one, “I Did It”, a man smashes an axe into his own face to little damage) but it did make me think about the title. Unsettling, or unheimlich, is taken as a trademark of the gothic. Settled is altogether different. It certainly doesn’t mean being tucked up. Rather, again and again these works are about the settling of scores.