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The torturer's apprentice : stories

Author: John Biguenet
Publisher: New York : Ecco Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"This debut collection of stories by John Biguenet is as notable for the rigor of its intellect as for the sweep of its imagination. Whether recounting the predicament of an atheistic stigmatic in "The Vulgar Soul" or a medieval torturer who must employ his terrible skills upon his own apprentice in the title tale, these stories decline to settle for ready sentiments or easy assurances."--BOOK JACKET.
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Biguenet
OCLC Number: 44446610
Description: 176 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The vulgar soul --
My slave --
Rose --
I am not a Jew --
Lunch with my daughter --
A plague of toads --
Fatherhood --
The work of art --
Gregory's fate --
The open curtain --
A battlefield in moonlight --
Do me --
The torturer's apprentice --
And never come up.
Responsibility: John Biguenet.

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"This debut collection of stories by John Biguenet is as notable for the rigor of its intellect as for the sweep of its imagination. Whether recounting the predicament of an atheistic stigmatic in "The Vulgar Soul" or a medieval torturer who must employ his terrible skills upon his own apprentice in the title tale, these stories decline to settle for ready sentiments or easy assurances."--BOOK JACKET.

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Beautifully Disturbing

by Poahm (WorldCat user published 2008-06-24) Excellent Permalink

The Torturer's Apprentice is a small book with a big voice. It is a collection of short stories wherein the author examines human behavior in a slightly twisted view but with completely normal human "logic". Many of the stories come across initially as pulpy, dramatic with no clean, happy endings...
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