The Hearing Trumpet (Paperback)

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By Leonora Carrington, Helen Byatt (Introduction by)
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Genuinely one of the strangest novels I have ever read, yet delightful like nothing else. It is the story of Marian Leatherby, 90 years of age. Spiraling through a carnival of metaphysical and hallucinatory experiences, Carrington concocts a singular world, equipped with its own surreal yet lucid governance. It makes no sense and all sense. Don't miss Olga Tokarczuk's essay in the NYRB edition!

— Spencer


Leonora Carrington (1917-2011), the distinguished British-born Surrealist painter who made her home in Mexico City, was also a writer of extraordinary imagination and charm, and The Hearing Trumpet is perhaps her best loved book. It tells the story of 92-year-old Marian Leatherby, who is given the gift of a hearing trumpet only to discover that her family has been plotting to have her committed to an institution. But this is an institution where the buildings are shaped like birthday cakes and igloos, where the Winking Abbess and the Queen Bee reign, and where the gateway to the underworld is wide open. It is also the scene of a mysterious murder. Occult twin to Alice in Wonderland, The Hearing Trumpet is a classic of fantastic literature that has been translated and celebrated throughout the world.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781878972194
ISBN-10: 1878972197
Publisher: Exact Change
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2004
Pages: 224
Language: English