Hilary Mantel (2508 words)


Someone once told British journalist and novelist Hilary Mantel that she had an eye for detail. Her fiction, however, is not only concerned with the observable world: her eye sees beneath and beyond the appearance of things. It recognizes the monstrous in the mundane and the transcendent in the prosaic. In an apparently diverse body of work, she returns frequently to those liminal places where the apparently stable boundaries of material experience seem threatened with dissolution. In her autobiography, Giving up the Ghost (2003), she describes an encounter with a nameless terror at the age of seven, “something intangible…some formless, borderless evil”; this presence lurks in the pages of her novels.…

Citation: Zlosnik, Sue. "Hilary Mantel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 November 2010; last revised 22 August 2017. [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12258, accessed 03 August 2021.]

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