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Morvern Callar

Author: Alan Warner
Publisher: London : J. Cape, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Morvern Callar, a low-paid employee in the local supermarket in a desolate and beautiful port town in the west of Scotland, wakes one morning in late December to find her strange boyfriend has committed suicide and is dead on the kitchen floor. Morvern's reaction is both intriguing and immoral. What she does next is even more appalling. Moving across a blurred European landscape-from rural poverty and drunken  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Psychological fiction
Black humor (Literature)
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Warner
ISBN: 0224040111 9780224040112
OCLC Number: 34839234
Awards: Winner of Somerset Maugham Award 1996
Winner of HarperCollins Biennial Religious Book Award 1995
Winner of Ruth Hadden Memorial Award 1995
Winner of Scottish Arts Council Book Award 1995
Short-listed for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 1997
Description: 229 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Alan Warner.
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Set in a remote Highland sea-port, 21-year old Morvern Callar wakes one morning to find her strange boyfriend has committed suicide in their kitchen. Her laconic reaction is intriguing, but her  Read more...

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"Morvern gleams like an onyx from a vivid, macabre and lyrical book...she is impossible to forget." -- Elizabeth Young, "Guardian"

 
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