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Dame Muriel Spark delivers a delightfully alarming novel, full of high society and low cunning.

One October evening five posh London couples gather for a dinner party, enjoying "the pheasant (flambe in cognac as it is)" and waiting for the imminent arrival of the late-coming guest Hilda Damien, who has been unavoidably detained due to the fact that she is being murdered at this very moment

Symposium was applauded by Time magazine for the "sinister elegance" of Muriel Spark's "medium of light but lethal comedy." Mixed in are a Monet, a mad uncle, some unconventional nuns, and a burglary ring run by a rent-a-butler. Symposium stars a perfectly evil young woman (a classic sweet-faced hair-raising Sparkian horror) who has married rich Hilda's son by hook or by crook, hooking him at the fruit counter of Harrod's. There is also spiritual conversationand the Bordeaux is superb. "The prevailing mood is urbane: the wine is poured, the talk continues, and all the time the ice on which the protagonists' world rests is being thinned from beneath, by boiling emotions and ugly motives .No living writer handles the tension between formality of expression and subversiveness of thought more elegantly." (The Independent on Sunday).

 
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Hardback Editions

May 1993 : USA Hardback
Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0517103982 / 9780517103982 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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June 1991 : USA Hardback
Title: Symposium (Thorndike Large Print Cloak and Dagger Series)
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 1560541644 / 9781560541646 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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May 1991 : UK Hardback
Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 1850894736 / 9781850894735 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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November 1990 : USA Hardback
Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0395511011 / 9780395511015 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T)
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January 1990 : UK Hardback
Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0094696608 / 9780670836727 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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September 1990 : USA Hardback
Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0670836729 / 9780670836727 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Paperback Editions

October 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: Symposium: A Novel (New Directions Classics)
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0811216594 / 9780811216593 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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September 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: Symposium (VMC)
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 1844082474 / 9781844082476 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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May 1992 : USA Paperback
Title: SYMPOSIUM.
Author(s): Muriel. Spark
ISBN: 0380715538 / 9780380715534 (USA edition)
Publisher: P/B
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October 1991 : UK Paperback
Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0140123091 / 9780140123098 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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September 1991 : UK Paperback
Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0140152229 / 9780140152227 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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1991 : Paperback
Title: Symposium (Spanish/ Espanol)
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 9580413983 / 9789580413981
Publisher: Norma
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Audio Editions

October 2007 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0753137828 / 9780753137826 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Publishing
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October 2007 : UK Audio CD
Title: Symposium
Author(s): Muriel Spark
ISBN: 0753127571 / 9780753127575 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

May 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Symposium (VMC Book 323)
Author(s): Muriel Spark

Publisher: Virago
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