Pretty Ugly – Kirsty Gunn

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Contradictions (both real and apparent), oppositions, enigmas, provocations, challenges—this is the kind of material that makes a life, and is the kind of material that, in fiction, one is never quite sure of. With Pretty Ugly, Kirsty Gunn reminds us again that she is a master of just such material, presenting ambiguity and complication as the essence of the storyteller’s endeavour.

The sheer force of life that Gunn is able to load these stories up with is both testament to her unrivalled skill and an exercise in what she describes as ‘reading and writing ugly’, in order to pursue the deeper truths that lie at the heart of both the human imagination and human rationality.

So here we have all the strange and seemingly impossible dualities that make up real life—and pretty ugly it can be, as well as beautiful, hopeful, bleak, difficult, exhilarating. But never, ever dull.

“I AM FULLY IN LOVE WITH KIRSTY GUNN’S STORIES. THEY HIT THE HEART OF LIFE SO TRULY IT MAKES ME QUIVER.”—Jane Campion

“KIRSTY GUNN SHUFFLES AND DEALS THE CARDS IN THE PACK OF SHORT FICTION TO PRODUCE QUIETLY STARTLING COMBINATIONS. IN THESE TALES, FABLES, ANECDOTES AND DRAMAS, WORDS ‘SHIFT AND SLIDE AND THEY CRACK AND GO OFF’—APPROPRIATELY, CONSIDERING THE AUTHOR’S NAME—‘LIKE A GUN.’ THIS IS A WRITER WHO IS AS EXPLORATORY IN SMALL FORMS AS IN LARGE ONES.”—Adam Mars-Jones

“FIERCELY CONFLICTING ENERGIES ARE IN PLAY IN THESE SPARKLING STORIES, AS KIRSTY GUNN AT ONCE LAVISHLY EVOKES AND SAVAGELY DESTROYS THE WORLDS OF PROPRIETY AND RESPECTABLE COMMUNITY.”—Tim Parks

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Dimensions 17 cm
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Paperback

Pages

220

Language

English

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General – Trade / Code: K