Inventory of a Life Mislaid: An Unreliable Memoir – Tell us more, Marina Warner
A dazzling, intimate autobiographical work by a writer of rare allure and learning
Marina Warner in 2016. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty
In George Sand’s 1864 novella Laura, a young man and woman who have been studying rocks and crystals in a museum are magically transported inside a glittering diode: a world in miniature, filled with wonders. This is what reading Marina Warner feels like.
Essayist, scholar, fabulist, scintillating critic of art, literature and life – Warner is a writer of extravagant learning and rare allure. Whether her subject is ancient or modern, hallowed or mundane, she is able to take a single object, image or even word and make it vibrate with meaning.