Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice (Paperback)

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Description


From the booker Prize-winning author of Possession comes this richly imaginitive story collection that transports the reader to a world where opposites--passion and loneliness, betrayal and loyalty, fire and ice--clash and converge.

A beautiful ice maiden risks her life when she falls in love with a desert prince, whose passionate touches scorch her delicate skin. A woman flees the scene of her husband's heart attack, leaving her entire past behind her. Striving to master color and line, a painter discovers the resolution to his artisitc problems when a beautiful and magical water snake appears in his pool. And a wealthy Englishwoman gradually loses her identity while wandering through a shopping mall. Elegantly crafter and suffused with boundless wisdom, these bewitching tales are a testament to a writer at the hieght of her powers.

About the Author


Maria Tatar chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories. She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Praise For…


"Fired by a fierce intelligence and related in shimmering prose.  This eclectic little volume should delight A. S. Byatt's devoted readers and attract many new ones."  -The New York Times

"A stunning display.... Elementals combines finely wrought stories with imagery as sparkling as jewels.  It is a work that should not be missed."  -The Denver Post

"A wonderful book-complex, amusing, clever, and thought-provoking--a reader's dream."  -The Plain Dealer

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375705755
ISBN-10: 0375705759
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: July 11th, 2000
Pages: 240
Language: English