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ISBN
9781784632618
Extent
192pp
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
15-Oct-22
Publication Status
Active
Series
Salt Modern Stories
Subject
Short stories
Trim Size
178 x 111mm

The Man Who Loved Kuras and Other Stories

Series

Name: Salt Modern Stories   Number: 4

Synopsis

Howell’s much-celebrated stories interweave elements of the commonplace with darkness, subterfuge and sheer weirdness, all realised with natural narrative flair. In this striking new collection, we see Howell explore a wide range of cultures, including Hawaii, Portugal and Japan, alongside these are period tales, and sinister and sexual encounters, all related with a cool eye for our desires and obsessions.

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Praise for Previous Work

‘Throughout the novel we get glimpses into the power of art to create illusion and beauty. We see famous artists struggle with new inventions and ideas. Howell makes the characters real through his mesmerizing writing style. This novel is not only a must read for art lovers and the historically inclined, but for any reader who enjoys a fast paced story that takes them below the surface of appearances.’ —The Richmond Review

‘Howell’s writing, by turns powerful, chilling and touching, makes demands of the reader.’ —Nels Stanley, The British Fantasy Society

‘Howell’s “Stories of Modern Japan” are wonderfully odd …’ —Nicholas Royle, Time Out

‘…always disturbing, Howell builds up a montage of modern Japanese culture by splicing images and narratives of salarymen and housewives against an infringing backdrop of pornography: the repressed, the depressed and the undressed.’ —Toby Lichtig, The London Magazine

‘This enormously accomplished novel…’ —Nicholas Royle, Time Out

‘…Howell cleverly throws up a host of questions about artistic production…’ —Toby Lichtig, The London Magazine

The Dance of Geometry is a fascinating book for lovers of art and literature alike. Scrupulous research and thoughtful historical referencing help to evoke 17th century Holland with an invigorating clarity.’ —Toby Lichtig, The London Magazine

‘Howell’s novel investigates authorship in a manner rather reminiscent of Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller.’ —Toby Lichtig, The London Magazine

‘finely wrought depictions of Delft and of Vermeer’s family’ —Trudi E. Jacobson, The Historical Novel Society