Chasm

Chasm A Weekend - Virago Modern Classics

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Synopsis

'Tanning's fictional debut unquestionably deserves to be recognised as a complete artistic success . . . Tanning has assembled all the ingredients necessary for an extraordinary drama of love and betrayal, jealousy and regret . . . told in confident, fluid prose highlighted by passages of hallucinatory beauty' Guardian


In the stark beauty of the desert, a mansion built by a madman rears its impudent architecture like an insult.

The estate is called Windcote, 'its very name a masquerade', and its master, the odious Raoul Meridian, has invited a group of guests to spend a weekend, during the course of which they will find themselves driven by obsessions and confusions unlike any they've experienced before. Untouched by the fevers and failures around her is the indomitable child Destina, who will lead them into the heart of a mysterious canyon, where desire and cruelty forge an implacable truth.

'It seems hardly fair that Dorothea Tanning, in a long, passionately inventive career as a painter, should have acquired as well the other harmony of prose, and that her passionate inventions as a writer should be so lovingly, so wisely resolved' Richard Howard

Book information

ISBN: 9780349012629
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
Edition: Reprint
DEWEY: 813.65
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 146g
Height: 128mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 17mm