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Giveaway-a-Day #2: Faustine

Giveaway-a-Day #2: Faustine

‘I met the sad menopausee and offered her, at the flick of a switch, a return of beauty, youth, and desire. And – after all, I’m no stinge-merchant – power and money as well. Why not? If a man, such as Dr Faustus, was offered such commodities by myself … why not a woman, in this age of equality?’

Emma Tennant’s ingenious modern-day reworking of the Faust legend describes a young woman’s dark discovery of the terrible fate that was chosen by her ostensibly kindly long-lost grandmother. Penelope Fitzgerald thought the novel ‘brilliant’, the TLS hailed it as ‘an elegant and bitter story … an angry diagnosis of consumerism, pollution, wealth, poverty and war …’

Old book store with piles of books stacked with Emma Tennant novels

We have one copy to give away to the winner of our quiz. To win, first take a look at the following question:

Name the author who, in 1947, published a novel that retold the Faust story in a manner inspired by the real-life careers of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and composer Arnold Schoenberg.