The Week (US) - - Arts 23 - By Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry’s third novel teeters “right on the edge of be­ing too much,” said Con­stance Grady in In con­tem­po­rary Prague, a meek trans­la­tor is handed a tran­script about a fe­male fig­ure who has been wit­ness to hu­man­ity’s worst crimes, and she comes to fear that Mel­moth has re­turned to judge her for her own trans­gres­sions. Good for Perry, the author of The Es­sex Ser­pent: “Re­strained nov­els are a dime a dozen, but weirdo over-the-top quasi-Vic­to­rian gothic fan­tasies about sin are rarer birds.”

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