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Heroes and Villains

by Angela Carter

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

Modern and Contemporary Fiction

Heroes and Villains Synopsis

A modern fable, a post-apocalyptic romance, a gothic horror story; Angela Carter's genre-defying fantasia Heroes and Villains includes an introduction by Robert Coover in Penguin Modern Classics. Sharp-eyed Marianne lives in a white tower made of steel and concrete with her father and the other Professors. Outside, where the land is thickly wooded and wild beasts roam, live the Barbarians, who raid and pillage in order to survive. Marianne is strictly forbidden to leave her civilized world but, fascinated by these savage outsiders, decides to escape. There, beyond the wire fences, she will discover a decaying paradise, encounter the tattooed Barbarian boy Jewel and go beyond the darkest limits of her imagination. Playful, sensuous, violent and gripping, Heroes and Villains is an ambiguous and deliriously rich blend of post-apocalyptic fiction, gothic fantasy, literary allusion and twisted romance. Angela Carter (1940-92) was born in Eastbourne and later evacuated to live with her grandmother in Yorkshire. She read English at Bristol University, and after escaping an early marriage went to live in Japan for a number of years. She wrote nine novels, which blend fantasy, science fiction and gothic, and is often referred to as a writer of magical realism. If you enjoyed Heroes and Villains, you might like Carter's The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Angela Carter is a genius' Victoria Glendinning 'An unashamed fantasist, a fabulist of daemonic energy' The Times

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Heroes and Villains Press Reviews

'Angela Carter is a genius' -- Victoria Glendinning 'An unashamed fantasist, a fabulist of daemonic energy' - The Times

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ISBN: 9780141192383
Publication date: 03/02/2011
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141192383
Publication date: 3rd February 2011
Author: Angela Carter
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 176 pages
Genres: Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Angela Carter

Angela Carter was born in 1940 of a Scottish father and Yorkshire mother. She read English at Bristol University, and after escaping an early marriage went to live in Japan for a number of years. She wrote nine novels, which blend fantasy, science fiction and gothic, and is often referred to as a writer of magic realism. She died in 1992.

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