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About the Author: Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington was a British-born artist, a surrealist painter and while living in Mexico, a novelist.


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Paperback, Published in Sep 2005 by Penguin Books

ISBN10: 0141187999 | ISBN13: 9780141187990

Page count: 158

One of the first things ninety-two-year-old Marian Leatherby overhears when she is given an ornate hearing trumpet is her family plotting to commit her to an institution. Soon, she finds herself trapped inside a sinister retirement home, where the elderly must inhabit buildings shaped like igloos, endure twisted religious preaching and eat in a canteen overlooked by the mysterious portrait of a leering Abbess. But when another resident secretly hands Marian a book recounting the life of the Abbess, a joyous and brilliant surreal adventure begins to unfold. Written in the early 1960s, The Hearing Trumpet remains one of the most original and inspirational of all fantastic novels.

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