Completely sick. In all the right ways.
—Tilda Swinton, T Magazine

The Driver’s Seat, Spark’s own favorite among her many novels, was hailed by the New Yorker as “her spiny and treacherous masterpiece”

The Driver’s Seat

Fiction by Muriel Spark

Driven mad by an office job, Lise leaves everything and flies south on holiday in search of passionate adventure. In this metaphysical shocker, infinity and eternity attend Lise’s last terrible day in the unnamed southern city that is her final destination.

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Paperback (published April 29, 2014)

ISBN
9780811223010
Price US
13.95
Price CN
15
Page Count
112

Ebook (published April 29, 2014)

ISBN
9780811221368

Muriel Spark

20th century Scottish novelist, poet and essayist

Completely sick. In all the right ways.
—Tilda Swinton, T Magazine
Spark’s 1970 novel of a woman gone mad was dubbed ‘so stark as to be nightmarish’ by The New Yorker The story details the last day of protagonist Lise, who, while on holiday in Europe, is about to be murdered.
Library Journal
A masterpiece. No one could read it and mistake its force. Only Muriel Spark would have dreamed of writing it. The book’s near-jaunty tone would, in some fictional universes, be at odds with its jet-black content. In Spark-world, they go together, like murderer and victim.
—John Lanchester
A complexity which magnifies the impact of its spare length many times over. This is Spark at her best.
The Independent
This incredibly slim and surreal slice of modern gothic is my favorite of hers.
—Ian Rankin
Her spiny and treacherous masterpiece.
The New Yorker
Some of her finest fictions are novellas rather than novels, short enough to be read in a singly dizzying sitting. The Driver’s Seat is an exemplary case: an extraordinary tour de force, a crime story turned inside out…
—David Lodge