Babel Tower is the third novel in Byatt's highly acclaimed Frederica quartet. Frederica is embroiled in two law cases, twin strands of the Establishment's web: a painful divorce and custody suit and the prosecution of an 'obscene' book. Frederica's personal and legal crises mirror an age; alongside Frederica's intellectual life teaching at art school in London are the diverging cultural worlds of the Beatles and the advent of computer languages.
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(198mm x 129mm x 35mm)
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I first fell in love with Frederica, heroine of this novel, in The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life, the first two novels in A S Byatt's proposed tetralogy about life in Britain since the war. But like Possession, Babel Tower teems with ideas, characters, themes and incidents conveyed with brilliance, learning, comedy and gravity. It also resembles it in its erudition and skilful use of poetry and its juxtaposition of tense, time and tale. But at the heart of the novel is a marriage and its breakdown, and an outstanding account of the love of a mother for her son. Byatt's style is remarkable, unique and addictive. Review by Carmen Callil (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - A. S. Byatt
A.S. Byatt is internationally acclaimed as a novelist, short story-writer and critic. Her books include Possession (winner of the Booker Prize in 1990), and the quartet of The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman. Educated at York and Newnham College, Cambridge, she taught at the Central School of Art and Design, and was Senior Lecturer in English at University College, London, before becoming a full-time writer in 1983. She was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.