The Migration of Ghosts by Pauline Melville

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Spirits are on the move in Pauline Melville's fabulous short story collection. A South American president revisits the scenes of his ruthless rise to power-shortly after his own funeral. A transformed and sparkling city of London sets the scene for a company chairman's nemesis at the hands of his wife. In Andalucia, the spirit of the "duende" inspires an elderly widow to dance a death-defying flamenco. We meet splendacious Mrs. da Silva, sixty-five year old matriarch of Rebel War Band, as she boogies at a carnival. The ghost of Dante's Virgil, leading his pilgrim along perilous paths, is brought to mind as one friend guides another on her final journey.

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With a sense of mischief and tremendous skill, Pauline Melville weaves a magnificent tapestry featuring Guyanese and European tales. Her wit and delight in language are apparent on every page, and her storytelling is irresistible. She lives in London.
Published April 15, 1999 by Bloomsbury USA. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Best of all is “Mrs. Da Silva’s Carnival,” an agreeably wild tale of a multiethnic street festival honoring “the Rainforests” and drenched in wonderfully dippy dialogue (“Tree-frogs and lizards .

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(SALON) -- Perhaps it's terribly unfair to judge a book of short stories by one solitary first sentence: "They said he was the greatest white-face mime in Europe."

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