Morvern Callar by Alan Warner

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Brutal, erotic, jarringly poetic and rich in a blood-dark humour, Morvern Callar was the spectacular debut of an utterly original Scottish writer and winner of the Somerset Maugham Award.
     It is off-season in a remote Highland sea port: twenty-one-year-old Morvern Callar, a low-paid employee in the local supermarket, wakes one morning to find her strange boyfriend has committed suicide and is dead on their kitchen floor. Morvern's laconic reaction is both intriguing and immoral. What she does next is even more appalling.


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Alan Warner born and raised in Scotland and attended c
Published February 1, 1997 by San Val. 220 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Broke and jobless, she comes home to find her foster dad making out with her best friend- -who has already confessed to having gone wild with Morvern's boyfriend the night before he cut his throat.

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The Guardian

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In the film, Morvern and Lanna head into the Spanish wilds, and Morvern abandons her friend in the middle of a sisal field.

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Morvern is a right wild sexy Scottish rave chick tied into the pulse of everything from Zawinul to John McCormack, and Warner endows her with a powerful first-person narrative voice that conveys the sights, sounds (Morvern always tells the reader what's playing on her Walkman or stereo, providing...

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London Review of Books

A year later she met her boyfriend, 13 years her senior, the wealthy son of a nearby hotel-keeper, recently come home after years of travelling ‘in countries’.

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Highly focused direction and a hypnotic performance by Samantha Morton pull off the tricky balancing act of "Morvern Callar," a basically plotless, psychological mood piece centered on a young woman whose horizons suddenly open up before her.

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