Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions
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Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions

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In Jerusalem's Old City a young priest and a dominatrix converse in the dying light; on Oregon's windswept coast a fragile woman discovers a body washed up on the beach after a storm; and in Postwar Japan a young protege watches his master's corpse burn, with bitter thoughts blazing in his mind. Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions collects thirteen eclectic works of dark fiction, taking the reader from Los Angeles to the eastern townships of Quebec, and from Tokyo to Jerusalem. Ortega-Medina's characters are flawed, broken individuals, trying their best to make sense of their lives as they struggle with sexuality, death, obsession, and religion. Sometimes bleak, occasionally violent, and often possessed of a dark humour, this major debut explores the imperfections of life and the unpredictability of death.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 138 x 210mm
  • Cloud Lodge Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1526202530
  • 9781526202536

Review quote

"Like a poisonous spider inside a velvet rose, Ortega-Medina's sensuous tales always unfold to reveal something beautiful and disturbing at their heart. It's a highly original debut, atmospheric and enticingly mysterious." - Christopher Fowler, multi award-winning author of 45 novels and short-story collectionsshow more

About Orlando Ortega-Medina

Orlando Ortega-Medina was born in California and is of Judeo-Spanish descent via Cuba. He studied English Literature at UCLA and has a Juris Doctor law degree from Southwestern University School of Law. At university he won The National Society of Arts and Letters award for Short Stories. Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions is his first published collection. Orlando is now a British national and currently resides in London, where he practices US immigration law.show more

Table of contents

* Torture by Roses* Eyesore in the Ginza* After the Storm* The Shovelist* Tiger at Beaufort Point* Cactuses* Invitation to the Dominant Culture* Love at Masada* And a Little Child Shall Lead Them* Star Party, An Israel State of Mind, Part 1* An Israel State of Mind, Part 2* Jerusalem Ablazeshow more