Arcadia Books has long been a locus classicus of the best in contemporary writing, and it’s good to see the publisher making available again one of the most evocative novels by the writer Lisa Appignanesi, Paris Requiem. Appignanesi is a writer and broadcaster with a particular passion for the defence of literary freedoms throughout the world. As a novelist, in such books as The Memory Man (2004), her examination of human psychology has a forensic intensity, but her most astringent work is to be found in her dark psychological thrillers; such as this reissue of Paris Requiem (2001). The novels Sanctuary (2000), The Dead of Winter (1999), The Things we do for Love (1997), Dreams of Innocence (1993) and Memory and Desire (1991) have redefined the parameters of genre fiction, and Paris Requiem is the perfect introduction to her work.

Paris Requiem by Lisa Appignanesi is published by Arcadia

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