The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye
The magnificent title story of this collection of fairy tales for adults describes the strange and uncanny relationship between its extravagantly intelligent heroine--a world renowned scholar of the art of story-telling--and the marvelous being that lives in a mysterious bottle, found in a dusty... show more
The magnificent title story of this collection of fairy tales for adults describes the strange and uncanny relationship between its extravagantly intelligent heroine--a world renowned scholar of the art of story-telling--and the marvelous being that lives in a mysterious bottle, found in a dusty shop in an Istanbul bazaar. As A.S. Byatt renders this relationship with a powerful combination of erudition and passion, she makes the interaction of the natural and the supernatural seem not only convincing, but inevitable.The companion stories in this collection each display different facets of Byatt's remarkable gift for enchantment. They range from fables of sexual obsession to allegories of political tragedy; they draw us into narratives that are as mesmerizing as dreams and as bracing as philosophical meditations; and they all us to inhabit an imaginative universe astonishing in the precision of its detail, its intellectual consistency, and its splendor."A dreamy treat.... It is not merely strange, it is wondrous."--Boston Globe"Alternatingly erudite and earthy, direct and playful.... If Scheherazade ever needs a break, Byatt can step in, indefinitely."--Chicago Tribune"Byatt's writing is crystalline and splendidly imaginative.... These [are] perfectly formed tales."--Washington Post Book World
Publish date: October 27th 1998
Publisher: Vintage International
Pages no: 274
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Literary Fiction
, Fairy Tales
, Magical Realism
, Short Stories
, Short Story Collection
For some reason, Polish translation of this collection only contains three stories out of five - I assume the two missing ones, "The Glass Coffin" and "Gode's Story", are extracts from Possession. I found "Tale of the Eldest Princess" very amusing, very self-aware and metatextual, liked the title st...
A. S. Byatt is never more prefect than when she is writing fairy tales. And this collection has my absolute favorite story of Byatt’s “The Story of the Eldest Princess”. In this short story, Byatt attacks the eldest always failing in fairy tales as well as aspects of story telling and fate. The ...
The stories in this collection are wonderful, even if this edition is unnecessarily typeset with wide margins and overgenerous linespacing to make the book look longer than it is, and reprinting the two stories from [b:Possession|41219|Possession|A.S. Byatt|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books...
Wonderful short stories of mixing the modern world with the fantastic. Byatt is a gifted short story writer and those contained in this volume are wonderful examples of her craft and style.
I read this for the Mythic Fiction book group here on Goodreads, but never got around to going and posting about it over there...A collection of 5 stories - 4 very short, and one novella-length (the title story). The first 4 stories were excellent - but 4.5 stars for the first half of the book, and...