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A Stone Woman

Following the death of her mother an elderly woman begins to undergo a transfiguration Her body grows flinty toughens and crystallises An Icelandic

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And its legends begin to resonatePart of the Storycuts series this short story was originally published in the collection Little Black Book of Stori

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Stonemason she meets in a graveyard becomes her sole confidant As her inexorable metamorphosis continues the stories he has to tell of his homeland


About the Author: A.S. Byatt

Margaret Drabble over the alleged appropriation of a family tea set A Stone PDF/EPUB ² in one of her novels The pair seldom see each other and each does not read the books of the otherMarriedst Ian Charles Rayner Byatt Sir I C R Byatt marriage dissolved ; one daughter one son deceasednd Peter John Duffy; two daughtersEducationSheffield High School; The Mount School York; Newnham College Cambridge BA Hons; Hon Fellow ; Bryn Mawr College Philadelphia USA; Somerville College OxfordAcademic HonoursHon Fellow London Inst ; Fellow UCL Hon DLitt Bradford ; DUniv York ; Durham ; Nottingham ; Liverpool ; Portsmouth ; London ; Sheffield ; Kent ; Hon LittD Cambridge PrizesThe PENMacmillan Silver Pen Of Fiction prize for STILL LIFEThe Booker Prize for POSSESSIONIrish TimesAer Lingus International Fiction Prize for POSSESSIONThe Eurasian section of Best Book in Commonwealth Prize for POSSESSIONPremio Malaparte Capri ;Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature California for THE DJINN IN THE NIGHTINGALE''S EYEShakespeare Prize Toepfer Foundation Hamburg ;PublicationsThe Shadow of the Sun ;Degrees of Freedom reprinted as Degrees of Freedom the early novels of Iris Murdoch ;The Game ;Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time reprinted as Unruly Times Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time ;Iris Murdoch The Virgin in the Garden ;GEORGE ELIOT Selected Essays Poems and Other Writings editor;Still Life Sugar and Other Stories ;George Eliot selected essays editorPossession a romance Robert Browning''s Dramatic Monologues editor;Passions of the Mind essays ;Angels and Insects novellaeThe Matisse Stories short stories;The Djinn in the Nightingale''s Eye five fairy stories Imagining Characters joint editor;New Writing joint editor;Babel Tower ;New Writing joint editor;The Oxford Book of English Short Stories editor;Elementals Stories of fire and ice short stories ;The Biographer''s Tale ;On Histories and Stories essays ;Portraits in Fiction ;The Bird Hand Book Photographs by Victor Schrager Text By AS Byatt;A Whistling Woman Little.



3 thoughts on “A Stone Woman

  1. says:

    Reality meets myth in the wilds of Iceland a geologically young country with ancient culture and beliefs Organic meets inorganic a visceral revulsion at flesh which inevitably decays contrasted with passion for the enduring beauty of rocks minerals and wild weatherImage Three typical Iceland landscapes SourceInes a writer of dictionaries has just been bereaved of the mother she shared a home with The colour leaches out of her life Perhaps death lurks for her too Then gradually something extraordinary happens Transformationview spoilerHer body turns to stone Not just any stone but beautiful patterns of gems and minerals of all shapes and colours “her torso was wrapped in a stony encrustation” but “her compressed innards were still fluid and soft” The resulting kaleidoscope is multisensory glassy dust that catches the light; whorls ridges and sharp edges and even the sounds of stone against stone “A new curiosity jostled the horror” and she comes to take wondrous delight in the unexpected beauty as well as the etymology of the words for different rocks and minerals Her transfiguration is not from “warm change and decay to cold permanence” because many minerals come from living things Her blood turns to lava Increasingly “She thought human thoughts and stone thoughts The latter were slow patchily coloured textured and extreme both hot and cold They did not translate into the English language” The mineralised she becomes the alive she is to nature An oxymoronic metaphor?The title uses the indefinite article “a” rather than “the” This metamorphosis is not uniue hide spoiler


  2. says:

    An atmospheric twisting story about a woman whose scars start spreading after intestinal surgery I liked the descriptions of Iceland and the charming bits of folklore woven into the tale


  3. says:

    I loved loved loved this storyIt is originally from a collection called 'the little black book'I read it often have shared it recommended itByatt's short stories really sparkleI don't really like her novels as much


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