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The Passion



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Author: Winterson, Jeanette
ISBN: 9780099598329
Year First Published: 2014
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 198mm x 132mm x 12mm
Format: Paperback / softback

‘What you risk reveals what you value…’

The Passion
is a fairy tale about survival and broken-heartedness, cruelty, obsession and madness.

Henri had a passion for Napoleon and Napoleon had a passion for chicken. From Boulogne to Moscow Henri butchered for his Emperor and never killed a single man.

Meanwhile, in Venice, the city of chance and disguises, Villanelle was born with the webbed feet of her boatman father – but in the casinos she gambled her heart and lost.

As the soldier-chef’s love for Napoleon turns to hate he finds the Venetian beauty, and together they flee to the canals of darkness.

‘It’s a fantasy, a vivid dream… inventive and brilliantGuardian

As moving and funny as it is skilful, and reflects the author’s formidable appetite for life’ Sunday Times

A book of great imaginative audacity and assurance…brilliantly physical (and funny) detail” Times Literary Supplement

‘Its concentrated, beautifully detailed prose recalls the diction of fairy tales; its plot incorporates their magic, their shrewd wit and brutality…a deeply imagined and beautiful book, often arrestingly soNew York Times

**One of the BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**