The anonymous narrator of 'Ink in the Blood has long been fascinated by tattoos, by the symbols and emblems people choose, and by the physical aspect, even pain, of a needle injecting ink under the skin.
As an artist who makes his living by drawing illustrations, he starts making designs for Dimitri, a skilled tattooist, and eventually decides to undergo the process himself. He chooses a Latin phrase in the form of a cross: vulnerant omnes, ultima necat — 'they all (the hours) wound, the last one kills'. Once it has been done, his whole being seems to change, his feelings about himself and, especially, his attitude to women. Soon however, the first two words of the tattoo fade and ultima necat becomes a threat dominating his life.
About the Author
Born in Paris in 1975, Stephanie Hochet studied English and graduated with a thesis on Elizabethan theatre. She is one of the leading novelists of the younger generation with a very individual style. She was awarded the Prix Lilas for 'Combat de l'amour de la Faim' in 2009 and the Prix Thyde Monnier for 'La Distribution des Lumieres' in 2010.
..".greater than the sum of its parts..." -- Nick Lezard, The Guardian
..".this innovative novel by one of France's leading novelists is certainly interesting." -- Buzz
Series: Dedalus Euro Shorts
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Number Of Pages: 77
Published: 1st December 2014
Publisher: DEDALUS LTD
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0
Weight (kg): 0.05