The Devil's Own Work by Alan Judd

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A famous writer living in the South of France owes his extraordinary literary career to a mysterious spirit, a supernatural muse that remains hidden until the writer's death when the spirit is transferred to an up-and-coming but unformed literary hopeful. Winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize.
 

About Alan Judd

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Alan Judd is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Chartered Geologist. As an independent consultant he has undertaken consultancy projects for the petroleum and offshore site survey industries, and for the UK and US governments.
 
Published January 6, 2015 by Valancourt Books. 76 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Judd's fifth novel (Tango, 1990, etc.), winner of a Guardian Fiction Prize in England, pays self-conscious homage to Ford Madox Ford's classic, The Good Soldier, as befits a book by a Ford biographer.

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British novelist Judd's short, ambivalent fable on the hazards of creativity and fame is distinguished by a style as psychologically nuanced as that of Henry James. Moments before he dies, O. M. Tyrre

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Judd, a biographer of Ford Madox Ford, pays homage to that writer and his novel The Good Soldier in this homiletic parable that supports the dictum that ``truth in art matters.'' He charges postmodernist fiction with betraying that principle by blurring the line between reality and fantasy, and h...

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Although the narrator has only glanced at the manuscript given to Edward, he is convinced that the book is clearly not the work of Tyrell.

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