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Under a Dark Angel's Eye Reviews

Under a Dark Angel's Eye by Patricia Highsmith, Carmen Maria Machado

Under a Dark Angel's Eye: The Selected Stories of Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith, Carmen Maria Machado

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Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 14 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9780349014760

Published to celebrate the centenary of one of the twentieth century's most influential writers, this is the most comprehensive volume of Highsmith's short fiction. Includes two newly discovered stories.

5 stars out of 5
Jake Kerridge
16 Jan 2021

"one never tires of her cynicism and bleakness, even over 600 pages"

This volume contains roughly half the short stories Highsmith wrote, arranged chronologically so that we can see how the self-consciously literary style and careful eschewing of melodrama in her early work gives way to her characteristic method of relating lurid events in a scrupulously flat, affectless voice, resulting in a deliciously discomfiting sense of amorality. One alarming consequence of reading the stories in order is that about halfway through the settings switch abruptly from the US to places like Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds (Highsmith lived in England in the 1960s).