Memento Mori

Memento Mori

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by Muriel Spark
     
 

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Unforgettably astounding and a joy to read, Memento Mori is considered by many to be the greatest novel by the wizardly Dame Muriel Spark. In late 1950s London, something uncanny besets a group of elderly friends: an insinuating voice on the telephone informs each, "Remember you must die." Their geriatric feathers are soon thoroughly ruffled by these seemingly

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Unforgettably astounding and a joy to read, Memento Mori is considered by many to be the greatest novel by the wizardly Dame Muriel Spark. In late 1950s London, something uncanny besets a group of elderly friends: an insinuating voice on the telephone informs each, "Remember you must die." Their geriatric feathers are soon thoroughly ruffled by these seemingly supernatural phone calls, and in the resulting flurry many old secrets are dusted off. Beneath the once decorous surface of their lives, unsavories like blackmail and adultery are now to be glimpsed. As spooky as it is witty, poignant and wickedly hilarious, Memento Mori may ostensibly concern death, but it is a book which leaves one relishing life all the more.

Editorial Reviews

Michael Schaffer
[A]cidly funny tale of aging and death...a marvelously crafted, tautly written novel...
Philadelphia Inquirer
Library Journal
Spark spikes the Geritol of a group of London senior citizens, who begin receiving anonymous phone calls reminding them that death is coming. These seemingly sweet old people, evidently, have some fairly dark pasts. Add in a dash of blackmail and a pinch of adultery, and you have some good, not-so-clean fun. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Alan Taylor
Scotland has created just three great novelists his names still resound around the globe. The first was Walter Scott…the original best seller. His heir was Robert Louis Stevenson…Then came Muriel Spark, whose wit and wisdom sparkle like a Cartier diamond…
—Alan Taylor, Scotland—on—Sunday
Stephen Schiff
She had been a starving editor and writer in the classic style when success bonked her on the head in the late fifties…With Memento Mori, a complex, beautiful, and terrifyingly insightful novel about old age, which Graham Greene claimed 'has delighted me as much as any novel that I have read since the war.'
—Stephen Schiff, The New Yorker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399506659
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/24/1982
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Tennessee Williams
A marvelously witty English writer—her best, I think, is Memento Mori, which is chillingly brilliant.

Meet the Author

The writer of “some of the best sentences in English” (The New Yorker), Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was the author of dozens of novels including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, and The Driver’s Seat. She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.

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