The Poison That Fascinates


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Titel en schrijver
The Poison That Fascinates, Jennifer Clement
Uitgeverij, drukjaar en drukversie
Uitgeverij Canongate, 2008, Eerste druk
Paperback of hardcover
Aantal pagina’s
231 pagina’s
Taal en categorie
Engels, Roman
Korte samenvatting
“The poison that fascinates” tells the story of Emily Neale, who is obsessed with strange facts, female murderers and Catholic saints. Her mother abandoned her as a child, and as a result she now lives with her father in Mexico City. She works in the local orphanage, which was founded by her great-grandmother. When a mysterious cousin, Santi, appears on their doorstep, he brings family secrets with him. Soon Emily finds desire and temptation have changed her life forever.

‘The Poison that Fascinates’ is a fable written in astonishing, sensational prose. Jennifer Clement conjures a world heavy with the weight of Mexican superstition, mythology and faith, where saintliness and mortal sin sit side by side.

Over de auteur
Jennifer Clement (1960) is an American-Mexican author and the first female President of PEN International. She studied English Literature and Anthropology at New York University and also studied French literature in Paris, France. Clement has an MFA from the University of Southern Maine. She was President of PEN Mexico from 2009 to 2012, and is the current President of PEN International.
Clement’s books have been translated into 30 languages.
– Kirsty Gunn, author of ‘Featherstone’ and ‘The Boy and the Sea’: “You would be forgiven for mistaking Clement’s novel for a book of poetry, such is its lyricism and lightness of touch… Clement’s simple lilting prose poetry belies a dark complexity hidden below the surface and draws the reader on to the book’s chilling conclusion.”

– The Times, on A True Story based on Lies: “This is an unusual and graceful book that, in beautiful and precise prose, tells of unimaginable human suffering and manages, in an unexpected climax, to suggest at least the possibility of redemption.”

– New Internationalist: “Jennifer Clement threads silky imagery through dense subject matter in a novel/novella with the hybrid vigour of literary experimentation.” – Scotland on Sunday

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Gewicht 0.26 kg
Afmetingen 21.3 × 13.5 × 1.8 cm