The Witches

The Witches

Salem, 1692

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Utgivelsesår 2015
Språk Engelsk
ISBN 9781474602273

Om The Witches

'An oppressive, forensic, psychological thriller: J.K. Rowling meets Antony Beevor, Stephen King and Marina Warner ... Schiff's writing is to die for' THE TIMES It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's niece started to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before panic had infected the entire colony, nineteen men and women had been hanged, and a band of adolescent girls had brought Massachusetts to its knees. Vividly capturing the dark, unsettled atmosphere of seventeenth-century America, Stacy Schiff's magisterial history draws us into this anxious time. She shows us how quickly the epidemic of accusations, trials, and executions span out of control. Above all, Schiff's astonishing research reveals details and complexity that few other historians have seen.

A riveting and chilling account of the frightening events that took place in 1692 in a small town in Massachusetts when an oppressive, claustrophobic community turned upon itself, superstition fusing with score-settling... Schiff's account of these terrors reads like a nerve-shredding psychological thriller Masterfully she has re-created history as an oppressive, forensic, psychological thriller: JK Rowling meets Antony Beevor, Stephen King and Marina Warner... Schiff's writing is to die for; clever and lyrical. Grace and gravitas make a potent brew, and there were places where her language was so good I simply noted "Wow" in the margin. So too her dry wit Schiff writes movingly as well as wittily; this is a work of riveting storytelling as well as an authoritative history [Schiff] paints a vivid, engrossing picture of a squabbling, fearful society in which prevailing superstition fused with score-settling and self-interest Schiff's is a feat of historical excavation and also of colourful reconstruction of the defendants, the husbands (never wives) who informed on them, the prosecutors and their grudges and the few rare folk who evaded the hangman's noose. We are given these people's family contexts, their appearances and court dialogue is vividly captured. Much of it is moving Using feminist theory, ideas about power and representation and the legal issues of the time, Schiff draws some interesting parallels with modern times Masterly... Alternately absurd and heart-rending


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