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The Only Problem

Muriel Spark author Alan Taylor editor Richard Holloway editor


Publisher:Birlinn General

Published:2nd Aug '18


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Wealthy Canadian scholar Harvey Gotham lives in splendid isolation in France and is working on a book about Job. He loves his wife, Effie,
dearly but she has taken to planting bombs in supermarkets and has joined an anarchist group. Here, Spark returns to the Book of Job, which
had always fascinated her, and ‘the only problem’ – the problem of suffering. Why does God allow it? A despairing and exhilarating read, The
Only Problem is a masterwork.
This is one of the 22 novels written by Muriel Spark in her lifetime. All are being published by Polygon in hardback Centenary Editions between
November 2017 and September 2018.

'As I entered my teens, I developed a taste for more arch, snappy writing and discovered the joys of Muriel Spark. Wisdom and wit — ideal for an impressionable youth finding his way in the world'

-- Julian Clary * Daily Ma

ISBN: 9781846974410

Dimensions: 205mm x 140mm x 20mm

Weight: 308g

192 pages

Centenary Edition