Fairy Ring by Martine DesjardinsFairy Ring by Martine Desjardins

Fairy Ring

byMartine DesjardinsTranslated byFred A. Reed, David Homel

Paperback | March 15, 2001

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In 1895, the arctic explorer Captain Ian Ryder has let his house in Blackpool on the Nova Scotia coast to the recently married Clara Weiss, who is about to become the compass of a social circle far too intimate for its own good. Lost in a maze of obsessive Victorian pseudo-science and its ignorant fascinations with violence, spiritualism, the reanimation of corpses, the channelling of passions, and especially with the control of every aspect and function of the body, particularly the bodies of women, these characters are increasingly rendered impotent by the collision of their fantasies with their repressions-the sadism of their lust to penetrate others, and the masochism of their own constricted closures.As Captain Ryder says of his crew as his claustrophobic ship continues to drift, trapped in the harsh white light of the polar ice: "How repelled I feel by this promiscuity with individuals for whom I truly feel nothing but aversion."Set in the year Freud published his ground-breaking essay on hysteria, this is a compulsively readable, beautiful and dark novel of personal relations so close they verge on the incestuous, and desires so vast they approach the cold crystalline purity of the archetype.
Martine Desjardins Born in the Town of Mount Royal in Quebec, Martine Desjardins worked as an assistant editor-in-chief at ELLE Québec magazine for four years before leaving to devote herself to writing. Presently she works as a free-lance rewriter, translator and journalist for L'actualité, an award-winning French-language cur...
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Title:Fairy RingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.22 × 5.62 × 0.63 inPublished:March 15, 2001Publisher:Talon Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889224498

ISBN - 13:9780889224490

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