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Petit Mal - D. B. C. Pierre


Published: 28th November 2013
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The debut collection of short fictions, philosophical vignettes, and aphoristic interludes from the Man Booker Prize winning author of Vernon God Little.

If rape or arson, poison or the knife
Has wove no pleasing patterns in the stuff
Of this drab canvas we accept as life
-It is because we are not bold enough!
Charles Baudelaire.

If you are familiar with the explosive End Times Trilogy (Vernon God Little, Ludmila's Broken English, Lights Out in Wonderland) by DBC Pierre, you will be well-acclimatised to the heady heights traversed in this collection. Drawing on memoir and a life lived in pursuit of sensation, but always ignited by the flame of fiction, Petit Mallegories take us further into the imagination of one of the most radically original prose stylists of the past decade. Accompanied by dozens of illustrations and photographic 'evidence', the stories here inhabit worlds defined by appetite, excess and transcendence. Whether through food, drink, sex, drugs, or a fantastic cocktail of all four, the impulse in this book is towards epiphany. And the inevitable hangover that follows. But even that (or those) in the world of DBC Pierre can be nourishing.

About the Author

DBC Pierre won the Man Booker Prize and Whitbread First Novel Award for his debut, Vernon God Little. He lives in County Leitrim, Ireland.



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Comments about Petit Mal:

I have been keeping this one in the loo for a couple of weeks. It is composed of vignettes of roughly the right length for the purpose.

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ISBN: 9780571298389
ISBN-10: 0571298389
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 28th November 2013
Publisher: FABER & FABER
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.2 x 15.9  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1