The Matisse Stories by A.S. Byatt
(Vintage International)

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These three stories celebrate the eye even as they reveal its unexpected proximity to the heart. For if each of A.S. Byatt's narratives is in some way inspired by a painting of Henri Matisse, each is also about the intimate connection between seeing and feeling--about the ways in which a glance we meant to be casual may suddenly call forth the deepest reserves of our being. Beautifully written, intensely observed, The Matisse Stories is fiction of spellbinding authority.

"Full of delight and humor...The Matisse Stories is studded with brilliantly apt images and a fine sense for subtleties of conversation and emotion."--San Francisco Chronicle

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About A.S. Byatt

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A.S. Byatt is the author of fifteen works of fiction including the Booker Prize-winning Possession, The Biographer's Tale and, most recently, the Man Booker-shortlisted The Children's Book. A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A.S. Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999. Visit for more information.
Published September 22, 2009 by Vintage. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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In three masterfully written stories loosely inspired by Matisse paintings, Byatt (Possession) dazzles with her evocation of sensuous detail while adroitly emphasizing the interconnectedness of life a

Feb 27 1995 | Read Full Review of The Matisse Stories (Vintage ...

The Independent

The phallic male teacher-artist - 'very tall and very erect - columnar' - blows away any pretension of ugly and neurotic feminists to understanding the power and beauty of Matisse.

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The Independent

When she sees in the hairdresser's mirror that she looks like what she after all superficially is, a middle-aged woman with a hairdo, she begins to throw bottles against mirrors until the whole frail place is smashed, and at least one cruel manifestation of her decline, her reflection, is reduced...

Jan 09 1994 | Read Full Review of The Matisse Stories (Vintage ...

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