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Symposium (1990) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Dame Muriel Spark delivers a delightfully alarming novel, full of high society and low cunning.

One October evening five posh London couples gather for a dinner party, enjoying "the pheasant (flambé in cognac as it is)" and waiting for the imminent arrival of the late-coming guest Hilda Damien, who has been unavoidably detained due to the fact that she is being murdered at this very moment…

Mixed in are a Monet, a mad uncle, some unconventional nuns, and a burglary ring run by a rent-a-butler. Symposium stars a perfectly evil young woman (a classic sweet-faced hair-raising Sparkian horror) who has married rich Hilda's son by hook or by crook, hooking him at the fruit counter of Harrod's. There is also spiritual conversation—and the Bordeaux is superb.

Original title: Symposium
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Symposium

Symposium (1990)
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Language: English

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  • "The prevailing mood is urbane: the wine is poured, the talk continues, and all the time the ice on which the protagonists' world rests is being thinned from beneath, by boiling emotions and ugly motives….No living writer handles the tension between formality of expression and subversiveness of thought more elegantly. " The Independent on Sunday
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Symposium (2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Virago Press
ISBN: 9781844082476
Dimensions: 5 x 7.6 x 0.5 in
Pages: 160

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Symposium (2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: New Directions
ISBN: 9780811216593
Dimensions: 5 x 7.8 x 0.6 in
Pages: 192

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Symposium (1992)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 9780380715534
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.8 x 0.5 in

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Symposium (1991)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780140123098
Pages: 192

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Symposium (1990)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Constable
ISBN: 9780094696600
Pages: 192

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Symposium (1990)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN: 9780395511015
Pages: 192

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