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Muriel Spark pp 64-110 | Cite as

Foreign Parts: The Later Novels

  • Norman Page
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Part of the Macmillan Modern Novelists book series (MONO)

Abstract

Having settled in Rome in 1966, Muriel Spark published two years later the first of her Italian novels, The Public Image. Its world is a hard contemporary one of film studios, sensational journalism, and international celebrities, and it is partly (though not primarily) a satire on the media industry and the fictions generated by its highly efficient and totally unscrupulous publicity machine. Its central concerns are ones familiar to readers of the earlier novels: the relationship of truth to fiction, of character and identity to ‘personality’ and ‘image’, of life’s plots to the plots of the novelist.

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© Norman Page 1990

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