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The PowerBook is twenty-first century fiction that uses past, present and future as shifting dimensions of a multiple reality. The story is simple. An e-writer called Ali or Alix will write to order anything you like, provided that you are prepared to enter the story as yourself and take the risk of leaving it as someone else. You can be the hero of your own life. You can have freedom just for one night. But there is a price to pay.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099285434
ISBN-10: 0099285436
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » On the surface, Winterson's latest novel is another attempt to cash in on the Internet revolution. Sensitive readers will cringe at chapter names such as 'Search', 'View as Icon' and the 'dot' in the novel's title. Those who still think that everything connected with the Internet is cool (rather than merely exciting and useful) will join Winterson's many fans in wading through The.PowerBook's irritating surface in search of a story. Once there, they will still have to tackle the usual problems associated with metafiction, such as attempting to relate to characters who don't seem to exist or follow events that don't actually happen. At the novel's heart is a retelling of Stephen Phillips's 1898 play Paolo and Francesca, a medieval story of the murder of two adulterous lovers. Winterson positions it somewhere between reality and cyberspace, where it flits between past, present and future, stopping off in Paris for the odd stroll down the banks of the Seine. Ali (also known as Alix) is an e-writer, someone who writes stories to order, stories that allow you to 'go deeper than disguise'. Unfortunately, the pretentiousness of this concept infects almost every sentence. 'I can change a story,' Ali tells us. 'I am the story.' Quite what the story is will remain a puzzle to all but the most patient of readers. Review by: DAREN KING Editor's note: Daren King is the author of Boxy An Star. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson OBE is the author of ten novels, including The Passion, Sexing the Cherry and Written on the Body, a book of short stories, The World and Other Places, a collection of essays, Art Objects as well as many other works, including children's books, screenplays and journalism. Her writing has won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the E. M. Forster Award and the Prix d'argent at Cannes Film Festival. Visit her website at

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