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Fiction: Lusus Naturae by Margaret Atwood

A short story for Prospect subscribers

© Peter Malone

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and essays, including The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her latest book is the short story collection Stone Mattress.

Commenting on the story below, Atwood says: “I’ve long been interested in the differences between astonishing ‘tales’ and realistic ‘stories,’ with one borderline being the supernatural. What might happen when tale meets story—when the legend-stuff of vampire tales meets the solid fact…

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