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Deft and lyrical, fearless and human, The Fahrenheit Twins sealed Faber’s reputation as one of Britain’s most arresting and important authors.
Renowned for his pitch-perfect prose and brilliant characterisation, Faber is also celebrated for his mastery of wildly different styles. Within these seventeen stories he levels his gaze at humanity in all its despair, joy and mundanity.
From the achingly sad lost lives of ‘The Safehouse’ through moments of exquisitely distilled happiness in ‘Vanilla-Bright Like Eminem’ to the biblical innocence and savagery of ‘The Fahrenheit Twins’, we are redeemed, abandoned, beloved and laid bare but we are always recognisable.
This is a writer at the height of his powers.
Andy Comes Back
The Eyes of the Soul
Flesh Remains Flesh
Less Than Perfect
A Hole With Two Ends
The Smallness of the Action
Someone To Kiss It Better
Vanilla-Bright Like Eminem
The Fahrenheit Twins
‘Some are splendid fables, a couple border on the silly, while a few are truly poignant and complete. However, all are worth reading for the dizzying balancing act of a compulsively satirical, yet resolutely humanitarian voice.’
‘Whether you are new to his work or an established fan, The Fahrenheit Twins is a delight.’
‘Faber’s extraordinary imagination can be as dark as the deepest dungeon and as light as a wisp of gossamer, and he gives it full rein. Each of the stories is as unlike the others as possible, so every time you start one you have no idea what to expect—except you know you’re in for a total treat.’
‘Were you to lock Paul Auster, Roald Dahl and Ian McEwan in a room together, the result might well resemble this collection of short stories by Michel Faber.’
‘By turns crepuscular, buoyant, delicate, wry, horrific, otherworldly, this worldly and organ-rupturingly funny collection is a vitamin-boost for the British short-story.’
‘Such is the state of affairs in Faberville; anything is possible. And such is the other thing about these stories—their ability to get to you and stay with you.’
‘Dazzling…Faber is defiantly and inventively unafraid of love; he’s optimistic and alive with possibilities.’