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Don’t look in the mirror

Lidija Haas: Helen Oyeyemi, 21 August 2014

Boy, Snow, Bird 
by Helen Oyeyemi.
Picador, 288 pp., £12.99, February 2014, 978 1 4472 3713 6
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... engines for producing extreme and ambiguous effects from simple elements. The title of Helen Oyeyemi’s new novel comes from the storybookish names of its three principal women, Boy, Snow and Bird – ‘a wicked stepmother and her daughters’, as Oyeyemi described them to an interviewer. Boy, Snow, Bird ...


Marina Warner: Literary Diplomacy, 16 November 2017

... blocks of this polis (Arendt’s preferred term): in her intricate and playful novel Mr Fox, Helen Oyeyemi uses an English variant of the Bluebeard fairy tale to examine sexual conflict. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that I never spoke of to anyone, a work that has not become for me a matter for communication – whether to enthuse about ...

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