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By Muriel Spark

Spark’s mind-bogglingly gorgeous 1957 debut

With effortless, sunny eeriness, Spark lighting fixtures up the darkest issues: blackmail, a drowning, frightened breakdowns, a hoop of smugglers, a loathsome busybody, a diabolic bookseller, human evil.

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