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Nightmarish, dark and slightly claustrophobic, Mary succeeds in creating the perfect gothic atmosphere that serves as the backdrop for this fictional reimagining of two summers in the life of Mary Shelley, those of 1812 and 1816. During these summers, we encounter Mary at two defining periods of her life where her fantasies and darkest dreams come to life and it is these that culminate in the creation of her masterpiece, Frankenstein. Eekhout’s account of Shelley’s experiences is filled with eeriness and emotion, grief and a dream-like quality that entraps the reader.

Mary, or the Birth of Frankenstein; Anne Eekhuout - trans. by Laura Watkinson

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