Parul Sehgal on Muriel Spark’s genius: http://nyr.kr/1n0qlbz
“Spark was fascinated by suffering—and even tried writing a critical study of the Book of Job—but it was an active, robust kind of suffering she liked, whereby hunger whetted one’s wits. Her women are not enamored of their anxiety, their moods and wounds. If they’re poor and powerless, it’s in the way of a junkyard dog, with a restless, scavenging instinct, a loyalty to no one and breathtaking cunning.”
Photograph by Brooke DiDonato.