The Matisse Stories, signed by the author, 1st/ 1st 1994
This is a fine copy of A. S. Byatt's 'The Matisse Stories', signed and dated by the author. 1994, London. There is slight discolouring on the jacket spine, which overall, is in fine condition. Boards are free from chips of marks. The top text block is slightly discoloured, and the side and bottom text blocks are free from any discolouring or marks. It is without previous owners ink, aside from that of the author. Overall this is a beautifully illustrated copy in fine condition.
Each story is in some way inspired by a painting of Henri Matisse, each is also about the intimate connection between seeing and feeling -- about the ways in which a glance we meant to be casual may suddenly call forth the deepest reserves of our being. Their subjects' lives unravel from simple beginnings -- a trip to the hair dresser, a cleaning woman's passion for knitting, lunch in a Chinese restaurant but gradually the veneer of ordinariness is peeled back to expose pain, reveal desire, or express the intensity of joy in color and creation. These stories are all about human beings: about how little we can know (or may care to know) about the people with whom we spend our lives, and how tragic the results of that ignorance or indifference can be.