Synopses & Reviews
A sumptuous, scintillating stew of sixty four short fictions about appetite, food, and the objects of our desire
All great meals, it has been said, lead to discussions of either sex or death, and The Devil's Larder, in typical Cracean fashion, leads to both. Here are sixty four short fictions of at times Joycean beauty--about schoolgirls hunting for razor clams in the strand; or searching for soup-stones to take out the fishiness of fish but to preserve the flavor of the sea; or about a mother and daughter tasting food in one another's mouth to see if people really do taste things differently--and at other times, of Mephistophelean mischief: about the woman who seasoned her food with the remains of her cremated cat, and later, her husband, only to hear a voice singing from her stomach (you can't swallow grief, she was advised); or the restaurant known as "The Air & Light," the place to be in this small coastal town that serves as the backdrop for Crace's gastronomic flights of fancy, but where no food or beverage is actually served, though a 12 percent surcharge is imposed just for just sitting there and being seen.
Food for thought in the best sense of the term, The Devil's Larder is another delectable work of fiction by a 2001 winner of The National Book Critics Circle Award.
“Even by Craces standards, The Devils Larder
is an extraordinary book.” —The New York Times Book Review
“The breadth and range of [Craces] inventiveness is astonishing.” —Chicago Tribune
“The writing is serenely, Nabokovianly accomplished; the imaginative range deeply impressive.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Crace creates in The Devils Larder an indelible sense of a living world, in which human culture is woven to its nonhuman surroundings through the strands of biological destiny and the texture of language itself.” —Boston Sunday Globe
“Cruel, lovely, full of passion and decay....With The Devils Larder, Crace has created a work where prose passes into poetry and back into prose, literature as both particle and wave.” —The Seattle Times
About the Author
is the author, most recently, of Quarantine
, which won the 1997 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and Being Dead,
which was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2000. His novels have been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Birmingham, England.