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Memento Mori

Memento Mori is a book by Muriel Spark.

Muriel Spark

Unforgettably astounding and a joy to read, Memento Mori is considered by many to be the greatest novel by the wizardly Dame Muriel Spark. In late 1950s London, something uncanny besets a group of elderly friends: an insinuating voice on the telephone informs each, "Remember you must die." Their geriatric feathers are soon thoroughly ruffled by these seemingly supernatural phone calls, and in the resulting flurry many old secrets are dusted off. Beneath the once decorous surface of their lives, unsavories like blackmail and adultery are now to be glimpsed. As spooky as it is witty, poignant and wickedly hilarious, Memento Mori may ostensibly concern death, but it is a book which leaves one relishing life all the more. (From Little, Brown & Company)

Muriel Spark was a British writer, poet and essayist. Her novels include Memento MoriThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Ballad of Peckham Rye. She died in 2006 at the age of 88.

Interviews with Muriel Spark

Dame Muriel Spark talks about her life and work, and her career as an expatriate in Italy. 52:06

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