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Memento Mori
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ISBN:
9781846974274
Categories
Classic Fiction, Crime & Mystery, Fiction, Muriel Spark Centenary Editions
Imprint
Polygon
Publication Date
16 November 2017
Format
Hardback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Ltd
Extent
240

Memento Mori

Introduction by Zoƫ Strachan
Series Editor Alan Taylor
by Muriel Spark - Find out more about the author

Described by David Lodge as ‘her first masterpiece’, Memento Mori opens with a telephone call and the words ‘Remember you must die’. Over several months, a circle of elderly men and women receive similar calls and everyone becomes a suspect. As the investigating police inspector muses: ‘Death, when it approaches, ought not to take one by surprise. It should be part of the full expectancy of life. Without an ever-present sense of death, life is insipid. You might as well live on the whites of eggs.’ While immersed in the indignities of old age, dementia and death, this novel is both profoundly compassionate and entertaining.

This is one of the 22 novels written by Muriel Spark in her lifetime. All are being published by Polygon in hardback Centenary Editions between November 2017 and September 2018.

Muriel Spark was born in Edinburgh in 1918. A poet, essayist, biographer and novelist, she won much international praise, including being twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The Times placed her eighth in its list of the Fifty Greatest British Writers Since 1945. She died in Tuscany in 2006.

Zoë Strachan was born in Kilmarnock in 1975. Her first novel, Negative Space, was published by Picador in 2002. Zoë teaches on the Creative Writing Programme at the University of Glasgow and is on the board of directors of the Glasgow Women’s Library.

 

The Publishers acknowledge investment from Creative Scotland towards the publication of this book.

Supported by the Muriel Spark Society.






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