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Olivia ManningA Woman at War$
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Deirdre David

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199609185

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199609185.001.0001

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Never a Day Without a Line

(p.1) Introduction
Olivia Manning

Deirdre David

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces Olivia Mannging as an English woman who was a member of the English colony, which was composed principally of British embassy staff, businessmen, and journalists. It was a time when the daily news was full of the domino collapse of Europe. Olivia Manning was a wry and witty observer of the political and social scene in Bucharest, and the author of several short stories and one well-received novel, The Wind Changes, published in 1937, whose setting is the Irish ‘Troubles’ and whose theme is the eventual futility of political protest. This chapter also confirms that her novel impressed critics with its seamless integration of historical actuality into fictional narrative.

Keywords:   Olivia Manning, English colony, Bucharest, The Wind Changes, 1937, fictional narrative

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