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By Ducornet, Rikki

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In The Stain Rikki Ducornet tells the story of a young girl named Charlotte, branded with a furry birthmark in the shape of a dancing hare, regarded as the mark of Satan. Sadistic nuns, scatology, butchered animals, monkish rapists, and Satan (Kirkus), as well as the village exor... read full description below.

ISBN 9781564780850
Published 15 October 1995 by John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781564780850
ISBN-10 1564780856
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date 15 October 1995
International Publication Date 1 November 1995
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ducornet, Rikki
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 142mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 454g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Historical fiction, Fantastic fiction, France - Fiction, Girls - Fiction, Demoniac possession - Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

In The Stain Rikki Ducornet tells the story of a young girl named Charlotte, branded with a furry birthmark in the shape of a dancing hare, regarded as the mark of Satan. Sadistic nuns, scatology, butchered animals, monkish rapists, and Satan (Kirkus), as well as the village exorcist, inhabit this bawdy tale of perversion, power, possession, and the rape of innocence. Ducornet weaves an intricate design of fantasy and reality, at once surreal, hilarious, and terrifying.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A bold, Rabelaisian mixture of bawdy and horror, this first novel... is highly recommended. -- Library Journal A highly disciplined extravaganza... The writing is highly impressive. -- Times Literary Supplement This is the most brilliant first novel I have read in years... Rikki Ducornet's real talent is for language. She is a minor lord or lady of it, achieving abstruse comic effects by a kind of clowning classicism. The Stain is a very odd, accomplished and memorable novel by any standards. -- Robert Nye, The Guardian
US Review Sadistic nuns, scatology, butchered animals, monk-ish rapists, and Satan: first-novelist Ducornet tosses these familiar dark-gothic elements around in a stylish but dankly heavy-handed tale - mildly surreal, faintly black-comic - of 1880s rural France. The girl-victim here is Charlotte, born with a hare-shaped, furry birthmark on her face as her mother dies in grisly labor. Charlotte is raised by her sweetly addled uncle and her puritanical great-aunt, who never forgets the evil Lust of Charlotte's dead mother (who ran off to mate with a drunken, carnal hunter) - and who calls on the local village Exorcist to remove the stain somehow. ( For did not the hare symbolize the Devil, the licentious moon and the female pudenda? ) Exorcism attempts fail, however; Charlotte goes to a dreadful convent school, where the Mother Superior falls under the sway of the lecherous, loony Exorcist. (She asks her crucifix: Should I fornicate? ) Flagellation and rapes ensue, with poor Charlotte mistreated and branded as a madwoman. . . until the Exorcist eventually is exposed and punished, with help from a rescuer named Archange. Belabored themes (religious hypocrisy, sexual repression) and overdone grotesquerie for the most part - but Ducornet, author/illustrator of some impressive children's books, displays distinct page-by-page talents (vivid imagery and invention) along the lines of Angela Carter. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Rikki Ducornet (born Erica DeGre, April 19, 1943 in Canton, New York) is an American postmodernist, writer, poet, and artist.

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