“A historical novel quite different from any other . . . it is written with a living passion, an eyewitness immediacy . . . Winterson is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent deeply abides.” Vanity Fair
The overwhelming impression of her work is one of remarkable self-confidence, and she evidently thrives on risk. . . . As good as Poe: it dares you to laugh and stares you down.” The New York Review of Books
Jeanette Winterson's novels established her as one of the most important writers in world literature. The Passion
is perhaps her most highly acclaimed work, a modern classic that confirms her special claim on the novel. Set during the tumultuous years of the Nepoleonic Wars, The Passion
intertwines the destinies of two remarkable people: Henri, a simple French soldier, who follow Napoleon from glory to Russian ruin; and Villanelle, a red-haired, web-footed daughter of a Venetian boatman, whose husband has gambled away her heart. In Venice's compound of carnival, chance, and darkness, the pair meet their singular destiny.
In her unique and mesmerizing voice, Winterson blends reality with fantasy, dream, and imagination to weave a hypnotic take with stunning effects.