The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye: Five Fairy Storiesby A. S. Byatt
A. S. Byatt's fairy tales and fables are among the best-loved features of her fiction. Innumerable readers have asked for the two marvellous fairy tales in POSSESSION – 'The Glass Coffin' and 'Gode's Tale' of the Breton Naie des Trepasses – to be published seperately. Here they take their place with three other stories with medieval and oriental settings. The title story, 'The Djinn and the Nightingale's Eye', a long story about an Englishwoman in Turkey who unwittingly releases a genie from his bottle, is a reflection on women's lives, on magic and on the power of storytelling itself.
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A. S. Byatt
Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, DBE (commonly known as A. S. Byatt, born 1936) is an English novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner. In 2008, The Times newspaper named her among their list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
Photo: Byatt in June 2007 in Lyon, France. Photo author: Seamus Kearney. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.