The Beautiful Indifference: Stories (Paperback)

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Winner of the Portico Prize
Winner of the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize
Short-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

Sarah Hall has been hailed as "one of the most significant and exciting of Britain's young novelists" (The Guardian). Now, in this collection of short fiction published in England to phenomenal praise, she has created a work at once provocative and mesmerizing. 

Praise For…

“Well worth the wait . . . These sensuous and hair-raising stories . . . bristle with pure caprice and sheer havoc.


“Hall weaves together elements of gothic horror, futuristic sf, and the British tradition of murder ballads to create a strikingly original voice full of lyric intensity.”

“Reaches a standard that makes award juries sit up and take note.”

“Visual and vibrant. Literary and lyrical.”

“Shows her characteristic ability to cause disquiet ... Hall’s sharply perceptive observations strike like slaps ... These are stimulating, unsettling stories.”

“These stories constantly thwart one’s dramatic expectations -- and are all the more dramatic for it ... This prose, particularly when used to convey the bleakness of the Cumbrian landscape, is wonderful ... She does darkness so very well.”

“Balancing muscularity with achingly beautiful prose, these stories are dark, raw and heartbreaking. An immensely satisfying and haunting collection.”

“Individually stunning, together these stories comprise a tour-de-force collection that has reignited my love of the form.”

“Luscious short stories from uber-talented Cumbrian writer Sarah Hall, all told in ravishing prose.”

“The Beautiful Indifference illustrates that short fiction is indeed a finely wrought art form, and Hall is an artist of considerable and concise skill. Each story is a gem, but together they from a collection of astonishingly sensuous power.”

“Hall’s voice is strong and distinctive - even, in single, elevated passages, exquisite.”

“Sarah Hall’s writing is breathtaking...I did actually stop breathing once or twice...I loved it.”

“Hall’s stories are disturbing and delicate, surprising and sad, assured and sensual, with a deliciously dark tint to their edges. What better recommendation for a book of short stories than to be so enchanted that you want to flip them over and start all over again?”

“Sarah Hall should be on everyone’ reading list : I think she’s the best British writer around right now...Her deftly exquisite marshalling of language - rendering it fierce and brutal, poetically stark, liltingly sensuous, even unabashedly sexual - matches the sinuous moods of these seven distinctive and accomplished stories.”

“Hall’s vaunted writing prowess is apparent throughout... Without judgement, Hall seems to set her characters, and by extension all of us, on a scale with animals, rutting by instinct, violent at heart, governed by the same needs for warmth, sex, shelter and food.”

“Seven skillfully adrenalised stories, precise and sensual, in which the scent of violence is a constant.”

“Shows her characteristic ability to cause disquiet ... Hall’s sharply perceptive observations strike like slaps ... There is a deeply sensual element to her writing: it is visceral and instinctive ... It’s like sinking into a Rothko painting. Language is used inventively. These are stimulating, unsettling stories that... intrigue and mesmerise.”

“Hall evokes her landscapes with bewitchingly vivid prose. Her writing is gutteral and visceral…her characters are raw and sinewy. Every tale…delights and disturbs,..illustrates that short fiction is…a finely wrought art…and Hall is an artist of considerable…skill. [A] collection of astonishingly sensuous power...Hall is a writer of both rare vision and talent.”

“These stories...constantly thwart one’s dramatic expectations--and are all the more dramatic for it. This wonderful.”

“...the best British writer around right now.”

“THE BEAUTIFUL INDIFFERENCE is a work of art. Each of these stories takes the reader so fully, sensually, and immediately into its world that there is no possibility of putting the book down in the middle of one.”

“Hall’s women are cheated on, broken up with, sick, bored, lonely; and her writing pulls the reader into subtly rendered but deeply felt worlds . . . American readers who cut their teeth on Joyce Carol Oates . . . will want to give this collection a try.”

“Hall’s prose can be intimate or elliptical but the effect is never less than striking...She expertly evokes unquiet thoughts, broken lives, and haunting encounters with nature, and the work that results never fails to be thrilling.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062208453
ISBN-10: 0062208454
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 29th, 2013
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: P.S.