The Torturer's Apprentice

The Torturer's Apprentice

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This brilliant collection of tales has marked John Biguenet out as one of the rising stars of American literature. Powerful, moving and elegant, they cover every aspect of the human condition from tales of the family to those of the macabre...In 'The Open Curtain', a man achieves intimacy with his family only when he recognizes - watching them dine as he sits in his car at the curb - that he lives in a household of strangers. Menaced by a gang of skinheads in a Jewish cemetery, an American tourist in Germany placates the Neo-Nazis with a formula he continues to repeat even after he is safely back home in 'I Am Not a Jew'. And as for love, it makes demands in such stories as 'Do Me' that shake our very notions of what it means to love. If these stories engage the world in sometimes shocking ways, they are eloquent in their prose, surprising in their plotting, sly in their humour. Such mastery of craft is impressive, and whether it seeks to amuse or move, each story in "The Torturer's Apprentice" has the power and style to affect the reader to the very core...show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 147 x 225 x 21mm | 367g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752846868
  • 9780752846866

About John Biguenet

John Biguenet, an O. Henry Award winner, is the author of the critically acclaimed OYSTER. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Granta, Playboy, Story and elsewhere. He lives in New Orleans.show more

Review quote

We have started to get the most wonderful reviews for John Biguenet's collection of stories. 'A clutch of predictable fulcrum moments - childbirth, wedding, infidelity, divorce, a fatal diagnosis - provides the leverage for many short stories, the best as well as the plodding. But this fine American collection lays its crowbar across less familiar ruptures'Robin Blake FINANCIAL TIMES 'Sometimes surprising, often humorous, always eloquent; this is short-storytelling at its very best' SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE 'This remarkable collection, John Biguenet's first, has the hallmarks of the best short stories: economy, pregnancy, nothing wasted. The 14 stories are thematically juicy, yet convincishow more

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232 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 32% (74)
4 38% (89)
3 23% (54)
2 6% (13)
1 1% (2)
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