This mordantly amusing collection of four linked short stories views the psychology and metaphysics of obsession with a...

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This mordantly amusing collection of four linked short stories views the psychology and metaphysics of obsession with a wintry, dispassionate eye. Belle, a young Danish writer, analyzes the experiences, first, of a scientist who seeks to decipher the mystery of human posture and motion by dissecting a corpse; then of a supernaturally gifted woman fascinated by the phenomenon of pain; of a mathematician seduced by the pristine qualities of smallness and stillness; and finally of an artist drawn toward the purity of inanimate objects--herself in fact becoming one in a clever twist that returns this stylish book to its beginnings. Nasty, disturbing, and very amusing.

Pub Date: Dec. 16, 1996

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 96

Publisher: Harvill/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 1996