Susanna Clarke's Great Labyrinth's in Fiction

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Susanna Clarke's Piranesi, shortlisted for the Women's Prize 2021, is out now in paperback. Here, the bestselling author selects great labyrinths in fiction that have influenced her writing.

Earthsea: The First Four Books: A Wizard of Earthsea * The Tombs of Atuan * The Farthest Shore * Tehanu

Ursula Le Guin

14,99 € 13,94 €

"Ursula Le Guin’s The Tombs of Atuan. It’s one of her Earthsea books and contains an underground labyrinth. It’s not a pleasant place, but it is fascinating (plus there’s a map, so you can walk around it by yourself if you like). The protagonist, Arha, must enter the labyrinth in total darkness. Once inside she is allowed to light a lamp or a torch. Like Piranesi, Arha prides herself on her skill in negotiating the labyrinth’s paths. Like Piranesi, there is a question over her real name. Like Piranesi, she faithfully follows rituals, but unlike Piranesi her gods prove false in the end."

Labyrinths

Jorge Luis Borges

9,99 € 9,29 €

"The House of Asterion, a short story by Jorge Luis Borges contains a labyrinth very closely related to the one in Piranesi. It is quiet and dusty and empty."

The Art of Castle in the Sky

Hayao Miyazaki

25,00 € 23,25 €

"Laputa: The Castle in the Sky is a Studio Ghibli film by Hayao Miyazaki. This isn’t strictly speaking a labyrinth, it’s an intricate and surreal combination of trees and architecture – and it’s also in the sky. Its ancient robots faithfully tend the birds and the trees and plants in a very Piranesi sort of way."

Chatsworth, Arcadia, Now: Seven Scenes from the Life of a House

John-Paul Stonard

50,00 € 46,50 €

"Chatsworth maze. The hedge maze is more or less what you’d expect, rather dusty in summer and worn from all the people’s feet; but the space in which it stands, a great sunken rectangle surrounded by tall trees is very like an impossibly large, sunlit hall."

The Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien

22,00 € 20,46 €

"The Mines of Moria from The Lord of the Rings are rather an obvious choice, I suppose, but I do love them in both the book and the film. Moria has all the pleasurable horrors of a labyrinth: a long, walk through the darkness, led by someone who’s forgotten the way, menaced by something people would rather not name, opening out into an ancient, ruined and deserted splendour."

Piranesi: WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2021

Susanna Clarke

8,99 € 8,36 €

Lost texts must be found; secrets must be uncovered. The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becoming strange and dangerous.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Susanna Clarke

10,99 € 10,22 €

Two magicians shall appear in England. The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me...

The Ladies of Grace Adieu: and Other Stories

Susanna Clarke y Charles Vess

9,99 € 9,29 €

Vengeful owls, ladies who pass their time embroidering terrible fates or with endless paths in deep, dark woods and houses that never appear the same way twice.