Quicksands: A Memoir

By Sybille Bedford

Her first new publication in over 10 years. Bedford is again with what's going to definitely (she says) be her final, and the relocating end result of a narrative that begun in 1956 (when Legacy pubbed within the UK).

Acclaim, acclaim, and acclaim. Sybille Bedford is, easily placed, one of many best writers of her iteration. None except notoriously hard-to-satisfy Bruce Chatwin asserted that "when the historical past of contemporary prose in English involves be written, Mrs. Bedford must look in any record of its so much astounding practitioners."

Comparisons. whereas now not but as immense a reputation within the U.S. as her expertise may recommend, Bedford ranks with the elder states(wo)men of latest literature. give some thought to her within the related breath as Shirley Hazzard, Penelope Fitzgerald, Joan Didion, Anita Brookner, and Cynthia Ozick.

Another probability to rediscover a long-lost nice. The previous few years the literary international has witnessed a few incredible occupation rebirths. Paula Fox, e.g., emerged after an extended silence with the NBCC finalist Borrowed Finery and stacks of rave studies. at times, this reassessment has even labored posthumously--as obvious within the recognition lavished on Rebecca West's Survivors in Mexico. anticipate Bedford's Quicksands to be the following to get this royal treatment.

The Counterpoint reissues. This publication, most likely to be Bedford's final (she's 92), also will shape the fruits of the Counterpoint reissues of the Bedford backlist. stay up for a similar crisp, vintage packaging for this most up-to-date outing.

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