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By Martine Desjardins,Fred A. Reed,David Homel

ISBN-10: 0889226806

ISBN-13: 9780889226807

Martine Desjardins promises to readers of Maleficium the unexpurgated revelations of Vicar Jerome Savoie, a heretic priest in 19th century Montreal. Braving threats from the Catholic Church, Savoie dares to violate the sanctity of the confessional during this confession-within-a-confession, within which seven penitents, every one bothered with a debilitating illness or struck with a crippling deformity, relates his come upon with an enigmatic younger girl whose lips undergo a amazing scar.

As those males penetrate deep into the unique Orient, each one falls sufferer to his personal mystery vice. One treks via Ethiopia looking for wingless locusts. one other hunts for fly-whisks one of the clove plantations of Zanzibar. but others discount for saffron in a Srinagar bazaar, look for the rarest frankincense, and pursue the coveted hawksbill turtle within the Sea of Oman. extra search the formulation for sabon Nablus in Palestine or haggle over Persian carpets within the royal gardens of Shiraz. The men’s person varieties of punishment, printed in the course of the corporation of the younger girl, are wrought upon their bodies.

Baroque in its complexity, Kafka-like in its inexorable mechanics, Maleficium via turns astonishes, amuses, and beguiles. Then writer Martine Desjardins’s Vicar Savoie—as in any confession worthy its communion wafer—saves the easiest (or worst) for last.

Maleficium gained the Prix Jacques Brossard and was once a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award (French Fiction), the Prix des libraires du Québec, the Prix des cinq continents de l. a. Francophonie, and the Prix France–Québec.

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