Translated by Stanley Chapman
Vian's final and most serious novel begins with an elegant psychiatrist arriving in a remote town, where he helps deliver the triplets of a woman whose husband is locked up in a bedroom because she abhors him for causing the pain and discomfort of her pregnancy. As the triplets age and Clementine becomes hysterically obsessed with their safety, Timortis spends most of his time searching for patients (he finds only a neutered cat to identify with) and visiting the bizarre village nearby where townspeople attack the local priest at their weekly service, old people are auctioned off at a fair, and an official scapegoat for the citizens' guilt is relegated to fishing junk out of the town river with his teeth.
A mix of disturbing incidents and verbal wit, Heartsnatcher is as funny and strange as the best of Raymond Queneau and Eugene Ionesco.
Nb of pages 245 p.
Publication Date 01 October 2003
Nb of pages 245
Dimensions 5 x 8 in.
List Price $14.95
The path dawdled round the top of the cliff. On each side of it a border of blossoming calamines mingled with clumps of overblown scarlet nightwort whose withering petals stewed the surrounding earth. Sharp narrow insects had burrowed thousands of minute holes into the earth; it was like walking on a frostbitten sponge.
Timortis sauntered along, looking at the deep bloodred centres of the calamines throbbing in the flat sunshine. At each beat a cloud of pollen rose and, soon afterwards, settled on the dreamily trembling leaves. The bees had all disappeared on holiday.
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Genres : Fiction : Europe : Western Europe
Countries : France