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The Devil's Own Work: Valancourt 20th Century Classics (edition 2017)
by Alan Judd (Author), Matt Godfrey (Narrator), Valancourt Books (Publisher)
The Devil's Own Work by Alan Judd
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679747451, Paperback)This modern version of the Faust legend has an old man of letters pass down to a young writer an ancient manuscript which bestows the gift of easy literary style and fluency -- and consequently head-turning success -- while blocking entirely any genuine creative power. To underline the devilishness of the bargain, the young author is seen to gradually throw away normal human decency as he gives in to overwhelming self-indulgence, and comes under the sensual sway of the old man's seductive mistress. On one level then, pure Faust. On another, Alan Judd's book, winner of the 1991 Guardian Fiction Prize, is a sophisticated self-referential commentary on the cliquish post-modern literary scene. This stylish and substantial novel is a clever attack on those who elevate insubstantial style.
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An unknown writer becomes possessed by a literary spirit who makes him famous. A parable on the perils of creativity and what can happen when an artist surrenders to the charms of fame. The novel won the 1991 Guardian Fiction Prize in England.
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