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Having reviewed over 1200 books on this blog, I have now written two myself. Motherdarling is a story about a search for a missing Will which reveals long-hidden family secrets. The Kids of God is a thriller set in a dystopia ruled by fascist paramilitaries. Both are available as paperbacks and on Kindle through Amazon. I live in Canterbury, England. I lived for more than thirty years in Bedford. Having retired from teaching; I became a research student at the University of Bedfordshire researching into Liminality. I achieved my PhD in 2019. I am now properly retired. I love reading! I enjoy in particular fiction (mostly great and classic fiction although I also enjoy whodunnits), biography, history and smart thinking. Follow me on twitter: @daja57

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

"Fear of de Sade" by Bernardo Carvalho

In an introductory section, a Baron from Napoleonic France complains about being arrested after a limited orgy in which someone, he doesn't know who, died.

The second section is a dialogue between the Baron and an unidentified Voice (who might be the Devil  in Hell if the Baron was the victim of the murder as a sort of dialogic whodunnit might suggest).

The final section is about a man who has confessed to murdering his wife during a sort of tit-for-tat game based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade.

It's quite a strange book with a great deal of repetition. In many ways the adjective 'Karkaesque' springs to mind.

Carvalho lives in Brazil and writes in Portuguese

September 2020; 135 pages

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