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The Complete Butcher's Tales

The Complete Butcher's Tales (Paperback, New edition)

By Ducornet, Rikki

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Nearly sixty unforgettable stories in the fantastic tradition of Jorge Luis Borges, Bruno Schulz, Angela Carter, and H. P. Lovecraft. Includes two previously uncollected stories.

ISBN 9781564782298
Published 15 May 1994 by John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9781564782298
ISBN-10 1564782298
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Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date 15 May 1994
International Publication Date 1 April 2000
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Ducornet, Rikki
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 172
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 19mm
Weight 454g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Fantasy fiction, American
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Nearly sixty unforgettable stories in the fantastic tradition of Jorge Luis Borges, Bruno Schulz, Angela Carter, and H. P. Lovecraft. Includes two previously uncollected stories.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Ducornet here offers a brilliant, refreshingly varied collection. -- PW ... garishly vivid, splendid little nightmares. -- Library Journal
US Review From illustrator-author Ducornet (The Jade Cabinet, 1993, etc.), nearly 60 stories, some previously published - Iowa Review, Canadian Fiction Magazine, etc. - that resemble a vitrine stuffed with curiosities, grotesqueries, and erotic paraphernalia. Written with great verve and a tirelessly original imagination, these tales, though often quite brilliant in their evocation of an individual sensation or idea, cumulatively pail, if not exhaust. Many only a page or two long, a rare few explore more fully Ducornet's preoccupations with religious hypocrisy, sexual repression, and metamorphosis. In the Nipple, a middle-aged man whose mother has just died decides to marry but then finds all the comfort he needs in a bachelor-party gift of a baby-bottle; in Luggage, a grieving widower goes on a shopping spree, then says of his wife that by dying you have ripened me and deepened me, and in your own wifely and cunning way you led me to the weekend bag that will hold all his new purchases; and in Bazar, set in North Africa, a repressed homosexual who believes his life has no other object but spiritual progress tries to forget that he has seduced and murdered a young Arab boy. Other long stories are Missy (a psychotic little girl enacts the symbolic death of a schoolmate by eviscerating and quartering Gossey, a small brown, rabbittish toy) and Outer Space (Boo tries to foresee his disturbed mother's moods yet also lead a normal childhood). Memorable shorter tales include The Double - a woman grows a companion from her own severed feet; Parasites - a madman is obsessed with parasites; and Grace - another woman is consoled by the memory of her hair being plaited. With their relentless emphasis on the bizarre, the nasty, and the surreal, tales that provoke and disturb - but generally remain little more than cleverly executed curiosities. (Kirkus Reviews)

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