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Salem, 1692av Stacy Schiff96Skickas inom 7-10 vardagar.
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'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.
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Schiff's exhaustive trawl through the sources sheds fresh light on this grisly episode -- Simon Shaw * MAIL ON SUNDAY * Stacy Schiff has brought her extraordinary gifts as researcher and writer to revivify the old but endlessly compelling story of the 1692 Salem witch hunt. Her mastery of detail, her ingenuity in spotting connections and trend lines, and her intuitive feel for the people involved combine in a brilliant portrayal of cascading human tragedy. It is sharply etched. It is ground level. It is emotionally powerful. It is full of surprising twists and turns. If history is time travel, this is a journey readers will never forget -- John Demos * author of ENTERTAINING SALEM * Enchanting. Out of the shadows of the past come excitable young girls, pompous ministers, abusive judges, grieving parents, and angry neighbours, all of them caught up in a terrifying process that seemed to have no end: discovering who among them deserved death for being in league with Satan. THE WITCHES is as close as we will ever come to understanding what happened in and around Salem in 1692. Courtrooms, streets, churches, farmyards, taverns, bedrooms - all became theatre-like places where anger, anxiety, sorrow, and tragedy are entangled. An astonishing achievement -- David D. Hall, Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History, Harvard University Stacy Schiff's THE WITCHES is an indelibly etched morality fable, the best recounting of the Salem hysteria in modern times. Clear-eyed and sympathetic, Schiff makes the complex seem simple, crafting a taut narrative that takes in religion, politics, folklore, and the intricate texture of daily life in Massachusetts Bay, with particular attention to those 'wonder-working' women and girls who chose this moment to blow apart the Puritan utopia they'd helped to found. It's all here in one devilish, oracular book -- Megan Marshall * Pulitzer Prize-winning author of MARGARET FULLER * Stacy Schiff has beautifully combined remarkable story telling with historical accuracy and insight. She has opened up important new avenues for Salem scholarship -- Bernard Rosenthal * editor of RECORDS OF THE SALEM WITCH-HUNT * Once again Stacy Schiff dazzles us. THE WITCHES is a must read for anyone intrigued by this baffling and horrifying chapter from America's Puritan past. What Schiff uncovers is mesmerizing and shocking. Her meticulous research and lyrical writing lay bare an injustice that we should never forget - lest we repeat it -- Patricia Cornwell * author of DEPRAVED HEART * This brilliant, compelling book is the most meticulously researched, effectively constructed, and beautifully written work I have read in a very long time. It is dramatic history and also a timeless thriller: who - or what - drove a New England town to madness three centuries ago, resulting in the deaths of nineteen men and women for 'witchcraft?' The answers are astonishing -- Robert K. Massie * Pulitzer Prize-winning author of CATHERINE THE GREAT * From Cleopatra to the Salem coven. From intelligent rule to hysteria, mayhem, and murder. The Salem witch trials offer Stacy Schiff an out-sized drama that seized Americans' imaginations more than 300 years ago. All of Schiff's books demonstrate her rigor as a historian and her dexterity as a stylist. THE WITCHES proves she has something else: the instincts of a thriller writer. This book needs a seat belt -- Kathryn Harrison * author of JOAN OF ARC * THE WITCHES is the fullest and finest story ever told about Salem in 1692, and no one else could tell it with the otherworldly flair of Stacy Schiff -- Joseph J. Ellis * Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE QUARTET * Schiff sets scenes brilliantly, evoking the bite of cold so deep that "bread froze in communion plates, ink in pens, sap in the fireplace." Her prose swelters with the stifling heat of a summer during which the region's crowded jails grew noisome, and bodies swung, several at a clip, from a gallows hastily erecte
Stacy Schiff is one of America's most acclaimed and popular historians. She is the author of VERA (MRS VLADIMIR NABOKOV), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; SAINT-EXUPERY, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; A GREAT IMPROVISATION: FRANKLIN, FRANCE, AND THE BIRTH OF AMERICA, winner of the George Washington Book Prize; and CLEOPATRA: A LIFE. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. www.stacyschiff.com | @stacyschiff | facebook.com/stacyschiff