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DARKNESS AND THE AZURE: TALES ABOUT THE MOUNTAINS, MOUNTAIN PEOPLE AND MOUNTAINEERS Sauvy 1999
By Sauvy, Anne
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1999, 1st UK edition. 192 pp. Anne Sauvy's short stories about alpinism and the Alps stand head and shoulders above all other mountaineering fiction and deserve comparison not just with that slender genre but with the canon of best short fiction: Poe, De Maupassant, Saki, etc. Her stories usually embrace elements of fantasy, failed heroism and satire (e.g. Snowball, Gingermoon, Expeditionitis and Philibert Avril in the present collection) and consistently express her deep love and respect for the Alps.
 
These themes are also ably explored in her previous collections Flammes de Pierre and The Game of Mountain and Chance. In Darkness and the Azure she adds explores an additional theme: the Ruskinian contrast between the beauty of mountains - 'Mountain Glory' - and the vileness that envelops them (circuses, greased poles, the sordid Alpine peasantry) - 'Mountain Gloom'.
 
Her stories Midi-Minuit, Darkness and the Azure and Red Sentinel are good examples. This book can therefore be strongly recommended to all lovers of short fiction. For mountaineering readers, it's an absolute 'must'. We have seen nothing like it since C.E. Montague's 'In Hanging Garden Gully'. New paperback (only edition).

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