MAGDALENA THE SINNER by Lilian Faschinger


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Austrian writer Faschinger's third novel (and first in English) is a blunt feminist fable whose confident antiheroine abducts a priest at gunpoint, then treats him to her extended ""confession."" It's a deadpan tale of the various mortal revenges she has exacted on the several lovers who have, in typical male fashion, taken her for granted, exploited, and disappointed her. Considerable seriocomic energy is generated by the priest's stunned, ingenuous narration, and the details about the failings of Magdalena's men are often funny--but the eponymous heroine makes her point very early on, and the rest is not much more than noise. At half its present length, this might have been terrific.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1997
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: HarperCollins