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Mygale [MIG-uh-lee] n.: a genus of large tropical spiders. . . .

Richard Lafargue, a well-known plastic surgeon, pursues and captures Vincent Moreau, who raped Lafargue’s daughter and left her hopelessly mad in an asylum. Lafargue is determined to exact an atrocious vengeance, and an ambiguous, even sadomasochistic relationship develops between self-appointed executioner and victim.

"Great art in nightmarish darkness."—Michel Lebrun

Thierry Jonquet (b. 1954, Paris) is an exponent of the hardboiled style of French noir that is inflected by post–May 1968 politics and social critique. His crime novels and children’s books have garnered many literary prizes.

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"Great art in nightmarish darkness." Michel Lebrun

Review:

"'Ingenious,' 'elegant,' 'sinister' - these are also adjectives that approximate, but fall short of, the narrative power of Mygale. Much like Poe's 'tales of terror,' Mygale is a story that invites both respect and repulsion: As a reader, you're happy to have read it...and just as happy, ultimately, to close the covers on its weird world." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"More Jim Thompson that Raymond Chandler, Jonquet's prose is rough hewn, the panache is all in Mygale's bizarre setup, gruesome scenarios and genderbending ending." St. Petersberg Times

Synopsis:

Macabre French noir rings unique changes on themes of desire, identity, loss, and restitution.

Synopsis:

Mygale[MIG-uh-lee] n.: a genus of large tropical spiders. . . .

Richard Lafargue, a well-known plastic surgeon, pursues and captures Vincent Moreau, who raped Lafargue's daughter and left her hopelessly mad in an asylum. Lafargue is determined to exact an atrocious vengeance, and an ambiguous, even sadomasochistic relationship develops between self-appointed executioner and victim.

"Great art in nightmarish darkness."-Michel Lebrun

Thierry Jonquet (b. 1954, Paris) is an exponent of the hardboiled style of French noir that is inflected by postMay 1968 politics and social critique. His crime novels and children's books have garnered many literary prizes.

About the Author

Thierry Jonquet (b. 1954, Paris) is an exponent of the hardboiled style of French noir that is inflected by post-May 1968 politics and social critique. His main source of inspiration is the daily newspaper, a trove of anecdotal evidence of, in his words, "the barbarity of the world we live in." Jonquet's crime novels and childrens books have garnered many literary prizes.

Donald Nicholson-Smith has translated many works of fiction and nonfiction from the French, including The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord, The Production of Space by Henri Lefebvre, The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem, and Three to Kill by Jean-Patrick Manchette.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780872864092
Translator:
Nicholson-Smith, Donald
Translator:
Nicholson-Smith, Donald
Translator:
Nicholson-Smith, Donald
Author:
Jonquet, Thierry
Author:
Nicholson-Smith, Donald
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Location:
San Francisco
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
City Lights Noir
Series Volume:
2000-066
Publication Date:
January 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in

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Product details 120 pages City Lights Publishers - English 9780872864092 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Great art in nightmarish darkness."
"Review" by , "'Ingenious,' 'elegant,' 'sinister' - these are also adjectives that approximate, but fall short of, the narrative power of Mygale. Much like Poe's 'tales of terror,' Mygale is a story that invites both respect and repulsion: As a reader, you're happy to have read it...and just as happy, ultimately, to close the covers on its weird world."
"Review" by , "More Jim Thompson that Raymond Chandler, Jonquet's prose is rough hewn, the panache is all in Mygale's bizarre setup, gruesome scenarios and genderbending ending."
"Synopsis" by , Macabre French noir rings unique changes on themes of desire, identity, loss, and restitution.
"Synopsis" by , Mygale[MIG-uh-lee] n.: a genus of large tropical spiders. . . .

Richard Lafargue, a well-known plastic surgeon, pursues and captures Vincent Moreau, who raped Lafargue's daughter and left her hopelessly mad in an asylum. Lafargue is determined to exact an atrocious vengeance, and an ambiguous, even sadomasochistic relationship develops between self-appointed executioner and victim.

"Great art in nightmarish darkness."-Michel Lebrun

Thierry Jonquet (b. 1954, Paris) is an exponent of the hardboiled style of French noir that is inflected by postMay 1968 politics and social critique. His crime novels and children's books have garnered many literary prizes.

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