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The Witches

Salem, 1692. A History

´An oppressive, forensic, psychological thriller: J.K. Rowling meets Antony Beevor, Stephen King and Marina Warner ... Schiff´s writing is to die for´ THE TIMES

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister´s niece started to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before panic had infected the entire colony, nineteen men and women had been hanged, and a band of adolescent girls had brought Massachusetts to its knees.

Vividly capturing the dark, unsettled atmosphere of seventeenth-century America, Stacy Schiff´s magisterial history draws us into this anxious time. She shows us how quickly the epidemic of accusations, trials, and executions span out of control. Above all, Schiff´s astonishing research reveals details and complexity that few other historians have seen.

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Stacy Schiff's The Witches deals with a horror we assume we know, but don't: the moral panic that tore apart the towns of Massachusetts in the seventeenth century. Adolescent girls, denouncing their neighbours, began a fashion for denunciation; it resulted in nineteen hangings, in torture, in the fracture of families and communities, and in the spectacle of a seven-year-old kept in miniature manacles. Was it like The Crucible ? No, it was worse. Arthur Miller used the Salem story as a metaphor for the McCarthy era's paranoia. But using the past as stand-in for the present often sells it short, and gives its complexities permission to elude us. Context is everything, and Schiff defines it; she interrogates her sources, makes every detail count, and her style is intriguing - sharp-eyed, discriminating, crisp. You want to understand the subject, and you want to meet the historian. Hilary Mantel TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 512
Erscheinungsdatum 20.10.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4746-0226-6
Verlag Orion Publishing Group
Maße (L/B/H) 200/131/32 mm
Gewicht 402
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