By Julien Gracq
From the instant he arrives at a chic beach inn together with his lover, Allan unsettles and obsesses the opposite site visitors. Elusive, equivocal, appealing, he lives, gambles, swims and dances with a wierd fierceness that they locate intoxicating. quickly he even haunts their dreams.
One by way of one, each one visitor is fatally attracted to Allan. And, because the hazy August warmth fades and summer season involves an finish, they gravitate in the direction of self-destruction.
Rich, lushly poetic, a dismal Stranger is a dreamlike portrayal of lives lived at the fringe of the abyss.
"Gracq's place in glossy French literature rests on his awesome prose. He was once one of many nice stylists of his century, a author with a carnal relation to phrases, in a position to impressive and hallucinatory evocative power." - The Times
"Gracq is exclusive. His texts shine within the darkness of literature... each web page is a discovery and we're thankful for his or her attractiveness, their intelligence and their exoticism." - Libération
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A Dark Stranger by Julien Gracq