Spark is a natural, a paradigm of that rare sort of artist from whom work of the highest quality flows as elementally as current through a circuit: hook her to a pen and the juice purls out of her.

—Stephen Schiff, New Yorker

Household servants and accidental guests must wait out the orders of the lords of the house: not to disturb.

Not to Disturb

Fiction by Muriel Spark

A winter’s night; a luxurious mansion near Geneva; a lucrative scandal. The first to arrive is the secretary dressed in furs with a bundle of cash, then the Baron, and finally the Baroness. They lock themselves in the library with specific instructions not to be disturbed for any reason. Soon, shouts and screams emerge from the library; the Baron’s lunatic brother starts madly howling in the attic; two of the secretary’s friends are left waiting in a car; a reverend’s services are needed for an impromptu wedding—and despite all that the servants obey their orders as they pass the time playing records, preparing dinner, and documenting false testimonies while a twisted murder plot unfolds upstairs.

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Paperback (published May 1, 2010)

ISBN
9780811218672
Price US
12.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
96

Ebook (published May 1, 2010)

ISBN
9780811219778
Price US
12.95
Page Count
96

Muriel Spark

20th century Scottish novelist, poet and essayist

Spark is a natural, a paradigm of that rare sort of artist from whom work of the highest quality flows as elementally as current through a circuit: hook her to a pen and the juice purls out of her.

—Stephen Schiff, New Yorker