THURSDAY, 29 DECEMBER 2011 16:28
A short story by Susan Ashe. A team of scientists, baffled by the behaviour of a pair of starving pandas, refuse to believe that they can turn into marauding demons.
She sat back on her haunches and seemed to be scratching herself. The scientists, who had her under surveillance, were worried about her, for, though she was in cub, she was thin and disinclined to eat. Now, spurning a small clump of fresh bamboo, she sniffed the air ... [FULL ENTRY]
FRIDAY, 04 NOVEMBER 2011 10:53
A few months ago, rummaging among old papers, we came across a draft translation by Susan Ashe of the last book Stendhal published in his lifetime, the three long stories of The Abbess of Castro. His book appeared in 1839; Susan’s typescript was dated 1980. It had lain neglected for more than thirty years, and it seemed to us high time we did something with it.
The Abbess story itself is a short novel ... [FULL ENTRY]
THURSDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2011 10:56
The Marmaduchess of Pontefract, by Susan Ashe, is a sly, quirky parable about the journey from obscurity to fame, narrated with a decidedly female and feline twist. Violet of Huddersfield accidentally arrives in Rome, where she is snatched up by an assortment of rough-neck gangsters and hoodlums. Their snobbery takes her for something she is not and has never claimed to be - a Duchess or, as her admirers would have it, a Marmaduchess ... [FULL ENTRY]
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