Saturday, February 21, 2009

Muriel Spark as Metafictionist

I just discovered that Brock Clarke's excellent article on Muriel Spark in this month's issue of The Believer is available online, and so hastened here to direct you to it.

I'm a huge admirer of Muriel Spark's work in general and of her first novel, The Comforters, in particular. And I've long thought that Spark's innovation as a metafictionist has been unjustly overlooked. Imagine my pleasure then to stumble upon Clarke's article and find him lauding that very aspect of Spark's work with a particular focus on The Comforters as well as the novel which followed it, Memento Mori.

Click here to read Clarke's article. I hope that it will pique your interest in The Comforters if you haven't already read it.

(Note: The image above is a portrait of Muriel Spark painted by Alexander (Sandy) Moffat in 1984 which is owned by the National Gallery of Scotland. For more information on it, click here.)


Anonymous said...

Piqued my interest, all right. I've read Memento Mori but not The Comforters. It's on my list now! Thanks for the link, Kate.

Kate S. said...


I look forward to hearing what you think of The Comforters when you get to it.

Suko said...

Your post inspires me to read her metafiction, The Comforters, as well as her most famous novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

litlove said...

I love The Comforters, too. But then I've enjoyed everything I've ever read by Spark. I think she might be due for a reread, even, after all these years!

ds said...


I just found you,and my interest is really piqued as I read Loitering With Intent last week. Memento Mori was my introduction to Spark, and I loved it! Guess it's on to The Comforters now (after that article, which does sound interesting). Thank you!

Kate S. said...


I'm not surprised to learn that you're a fellow Spark fan!

Suko & ds,

I'm so glad you're both planning to give The Comforters a go!