Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 176 pages, 8.25 × 5.6 × 0.65 in
Published: December 12, 2004
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0393326322
ISBN - 13: 9780393326321
About the Book
"Highsmith's writing is wicked . . . it puts a spell on you, after which you feel altered, even tainted."-Entertainment Weekly
From the Publisher
WITH NORTON''S PUBLICATION OF "Slowly, Slowly in the Wind and "The Black House, Patricia Highsmith''s entire body of work is now back in print. First published in 1970 and 1981, respectively, these two volumes are among Highsmith''s must nuanced and psychologically suspenseful works. "Slowly, Slowly in the Wind gathers stories that explore the hypocrisies or the Catholic Church, the writing life, Poe-like horror fantasies, and more. The stories in "The Black House mine classic Highsmith Terrain as they sketch the lives of suburban dwellers that appear quite normal at first but unravel to reveal their proximity to the macabre. Both collections are perfect examples of Highsmith''s view of human nature and a fitting capstone to the reintroduction of one of the twentieth century''s greatest writers.
About the Author
As a writer of novels, short stories, and teleplays, Highsmith is known for her character studies exploring people's darker side---the side of an apparently moral person who is capable of murder. Highsmith likes to examine the ways in which people can get to the point at which they are capable of murder, as well as who they become after they have committed a crime. In carefully constructed stories and novels, she integrates this scrutiny of the human psyche into complex plots that often take unexpected twists. An example is her first novel, Strangers on a Train (1950), in which architect Guy Haines meets Charles Bruno on a train. Bruno conceives a plan to have Haines kill Bruno's father, while Bruno will kill Haines's wife. The effect that this plan has on Haines is the focus of the story. Highsmith does not publish a great amount of fiction, but when she does, her work is always among the best in the genre.
"Highsmith writes the verbal equivalent of a drug--easy to consume, darkly euphoric, totally addictive."