Theatre of Incest

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2007 - Fiction - 131 pages
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In normal, everyday tones, a story is told by the perpetrator of triple incest: first with his mother as a child and a young man, then with his daughter as he grows into mature manhood, and finally with his sister in middle age. This primeval fairytale burns with an icy passion as the narrator switches roles along with familial relationships. The quasi-metaphysical lucidity with which he pursues his odd fate is eerie, particularly in light of his apparent innocence as to the perverse nature of his taboo attachments, and the theatrical artifice with which he pursues them. In the end, his passionate desire is so earnest that the reader is left to wonder if he is truly a monster or an innocent: who is directing whom?

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About the author (2007)

Alain Arias-Misson's nomadic character has brought him to live and work in the U.S., Belgium, North Africa, Spain, Italy, France and Central America. He currently lives in Paris and Venice. He has published six novels and four art books, and his stories have appeared in many publications such as Partisan Review, Paris Review, Brooklyn Rail, Fiction International, Evergreen and Black Scat Review since the late sixties. His "literal objects" have been shown in museums and galleries around the world and his "public poems" enacted in the streets of a score of cities. His latest novel, Theatre of Incest (Dalkey Press) is currently being published in France.

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