The Stain

The Stain

by Rikki Ducornet
     
 

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In?"The Stain"?Rikki Ducornet tells the story of a young girl named Charlotte, branded with a furry birthmark in the shape of a dancing hare, regarded as the mark of Satan. "Sadistic nuns, scatology, butchered animals, monkish rapists, and Satan" (Kirkus), as well as the village exorcist, inhabit this bawdy tale of perversion, power, possession, and the rape of

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In?"The Stain"?Rikki Ducornet tells the story of a young girl named Charlotte, branded with a furry birthmark in the shape of a dancing hare, regarded as the mark of Satan. "Sadistic nuns, scatology, butchered animals, monkish rapists, and Satan" (Kirkus), as well as the village exorcist, inhabit this bawdy tale of perversion, power, possession, and the rape of innocence. Ducornet weaves an intricate design of fantasy and reality, at once surreal, hilarious, and terrifying.

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"A bold, Rabelaisian mixture of bawdy and horror, this first novel... is highly recommended." --Library Journal

Dalkey Archive Press

"A highly disciplined extravaganza.... The writing is highly impressive." --Times Literary Supplement

Dalkey Archive Press

"This is the most brilliant first novel I have read in years.... Rikki Ducornet's real talent is for language. She is a minor lord or lady of it, achieving abstruse comic effects by a kind of clowning classicism. The Stain is a very odd, accomplished and memorable novel by any standards." --Robert Nye, The Guardian

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Library Journal
"A bold, Rabelaisian mixture of bawdy and horror," said LJ's reviewer of this first novel (LJ 9/15/84). The plot centers on the youth of protagonist Charlotte, who is born with a supposed demonic birthmark that earns her harsh treatment from family and strangers alike in late-19th-century France.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564780850
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Series:
American Literature (Dalkey Archive) Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Rikki Ducornet was born in New York and has lived in North Africa, South America, Canada and France. Her work as an illustrator first came to the attention of the Canadian book trade in 1974 with the publication of Susan Musgrave's "Gullband". In 1983, the Porcupine's Quill commissioned Rikki to illustrate an edition of Jorge Luis Borges' "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius".

Rikki is the author of three short-story collections, seven books of poetry, and seven novels, including "The Fan-Maker's Inquisition" and "The Jade Cabinet". She is also a painter whose work has been exhibited widely. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

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