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Not to Disturb
     

Not to Disturb

by Muriel Spark
 

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Household servants and accidental guests must wait out the orders of the lords of the house: not to disturb.
A winter’s night; a luxurious mansion near Geneva; a lucrative scandal. The first to arrive is the secretary dressed in furs with a bundle of cash, then the Baron, and finally the Baroness. They lock themselves in the library with specific

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Household servants and accidental guests must wait out the orders of the lords of the house: not to disturb.
A winter’s night; a luxurious mansion near Geneva; a lucrative scandal. The first to arrive is the secretary dressed in furs with a bundle of cash, then the Baron, and finally the Baroness. They lock themselves in the library with specific instructions not to be disturbed for any reason. Soon, shouts and screams emerge from the library; the Baron’s lunatic brother starts madly howling in the attic; two of the secretary’s friends are left waiting in a car; a reverend’s services are needed for an impromptu wedding—and despite all that the servants obey their orders as they pass the time playing records, preparing dinner, and documenting false testimonies while a twisted murder plot unfolds upstairs.

Editorial Reviews

James Wood - The Guardian
“Her books enact a modern anxiety about the viability of fiction while being full of old-fashioned novelistic consolations and satisfactions.”
Stephen Schiff - The New Yorker
“Spark is a natural, a paradigm of that rare sort of artist from whom work of the highest quality flows as elementally as current through a circuit: hook her to a pen and the juice purls out of her.”
David Lodge
“A very rare bird…Spark explored [her] metafictional-theological theme further in the brilliant and audacious novellas The Driver’s Seat and Not to Disturb, which I especially admire.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811218672
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
06/15/2010
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,091,601
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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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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