Michèle Roberts: Impossible Saints

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Impossible Saints was published five years after Daughters of the House and is a return to Roberts’s earlier preoccupation with the rewriting of Judaeo-Christian myths and traditions, which is largely absent from the intervening In the Red Kitchen (1990). Impossible Saints builds upon the fragmentary structure of The Book of Mrs Noah (1987), combining a number of narrative threads, set in different times and places. What holds these tales together is not an Ark, or a writers’ group, however, but the issue of sainthood in the Christian tradition. Stretching the boundaries of the novel, Roberts combines rewritings of tales of the saints, based upon Jacobus de Voragine’s fifteenth-…

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Falcus, Sarah. "Impossible Saints". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 July 2006
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