It is the first time that the death of a writer touches me so much, but she was such a writer. In fact, I thought she was a medium, rather than a writer, after I read her last volume of the trilogy about Thomas Cromwell. Here is what I wrote previously.
In December 2020
The Mirror and the Light. It is the third installment of the trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, published in 2020. I thought this book, that impressed me even more than the first two would not only be in the running for this year’s Booker, but would win for the third time (which would have been unprecedented), but it did not happen. I read her latest book after reading Giving up the ghost (2003), Mantel’s memoir. Is it the reason I had the impression I was reading about Cromwell through a medium ? Maybe, but it really felt like I was being taken inside Cromwell’s head, and that’s her greatest talent. Anyway, a masterpiece again. It was her writing that fascinated me this time, rather than the character. I must admit, however, that there was a little too much torture towards the end, which nonetheless did not spoil my pleasure.