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Mostly Hero

by Anna Burns

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Mostly HeroFemme is under a magic spell to kill her lover, Hero. Hero is on a mission to discover if Femme's Great Aunt - the old lady who lives alone in a skyscraper - is his own disreputable grandmother. Master villain Great Aunt needs to know whether or not her favourite niece, Femme, is in love with her arch-enemy, Hero. Meantime, Freddie, Femme's lovelorn cousin, must seek out and destroy Great Aunt otherwise his sweet-natured fiancée, Monique Frostique, absolutely refuses to marry him. This novella has it all: life, death, life after death, life in spite of death, love, truth, deception, good guys, bad guys and the guy who considered himself good but now isn't so sure. An entertaining and strangely spiritual tale.… (more)

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In what's essentially a postmodern graphic novel without pictures, Burns enjoys herself by playing with the conventions of superhero action stories as she explores some of the strange world of relationships between men and women. It sometimes feels like a joke stretched a little too far, as the camera pans away for a philosophical digression halfway through a cliffhanger scene, or as a succession of corpses pull their guns for one last shot in a Grand Guignol set piece awash with various colours of blood. But it's hard not to enjoy the audio version, with Burns's deadpan Northern Ireland intonations adding to the ironic quality of the bizarre storyline. I won't be able to stop thinking about "superpaws" for quite some time!

This novella was originally self-published online in 2014; Fabers reissued it commercially in 2019 to cash in on Burns's Booker win. ( )
  thorold | Jan 23, 2020 |
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