A new Bloomsbury paperback edition of the provocative and entertaining collection of dark tales – Seven Tales of Sex and Death.
Illuminating the dark side of the erotic, these interwoven stories explore obsession, violence, and the thin line between sex and death. Under a Mediterranean sun a man searches for the Temple of Zeus as his wife awaits her stalker; a sex worker at an illegal fetish club contemplates her options; a strike spirals out of control with eerie consequences; and a conflict with noisy neighbours reaches theatrical heights.
Driven by lust, greed and revenge, chillingly calm or maddened by rage, Patricia Duncker’s characters use every tool at their disposal to get what they want. Unapologetically disturbing and provocative like the B movies that inspired them, Seven Tales of Sex and Death holds up a mirror to humanity at its most flawed, ruthless and seductive.
‘Duncker is a mistress of suspense’ Maggie O’Farrell
‘Dark, subversive … You will be left reeling’ The Observer
‘This collection of stories confirms Patricia Duncker as one of Britain’s leading fiction writers … She explores areas of our psyches that we all recognise but mostly choose to ignore. She should be required reading’ Financial Times
‘A wonderfully engaging and rewarding collection, shot through with wit and perversity’ Michael Arditti, Independent
‘A febrile, fascinating, disquieting read. It asserts itself for what it is: serious stuff, to be read in one gulp and then mulled over for days’ Maggie O’Farrell
‘Confident and bewitching … Duncker is forging her own brand of fiction, a sort of gender-bending, intellectually exuberant English-French hybrid’ Joanna Briscoe, The Guardian
‘Patricia Duncker writes beautifully with a flamboyant immediacy’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Dark and salacious … They capture brilliantly the moment in everyday situations where our minds cease to occupy reality and shift into the fantasy projections of our fervently active imaginations’ The Times.