For fans of Mary Gaitskill, a dark literary Gaslight tale written in sparse and gleaming prose, of three very different women who fall under the spell of a tattooist Xanthe is a woman living on the edge as she recalls her submission to a cruel and abusive Master whose name is tattooed between her shoulder blades. Yoshiko, a young Japanese student, now finds her spider's web tattoo immature—she plans a bolder statement. Trainee lawyer and bulimic Zairah has Mickey Mouse on her hip, a symbol of a youth she wishes to forget—she wants to be fierce. All three discover Fabrice, the tattooist who has only the symbol for gold as a sign on his parlor. As he covers their old tattoos with his exquisite designs, Fabrice practices his human alchemy on each of them, subtly luring them into submission, humiliation, and confusion. With Rohypnol in his pocket he visits the women, at their invitations. As his art covers their physical past, his personality and private rituals obliterate their senses of self. Only one of the women intuits Fabrice's intentions. Can she fight? Is the fight actually a part of his plan for her? Might such rebellion result in the ultimate degradation—the loss of her sanity?
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Book Description Cutting Edge Press, United Kingdom, 2012. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Imagine a man who will be anything you want. Who will listen attentively to every word you say and intuit everything you don t. A man willing to explore all the dark corners of your body and your mind. A man who wants only your pleasure - Such is the charm of Fabrice, a tattooist toiling away in his own dark world in Paris. A modern alchemist, Fabrice is seeking perfection through transformation. He knows how to attract women, and he knows how to love them, but Fabrice wants total submission: if he can dissolve a woman s ego, melt it down, he will find gold. One fine spring, Fabrice meets three wildly different women who have one thing in common: their vulnerability. Zairah, a trainee lawyer from a bourgeois family who have not yet spotted that she is bulimic, is shocked but intrigued when Fabrice first shows her his lighter with the picture of an alien sodomising a big-breasted woman on it. Falling for him is the best thing that has ever happened to her -- and the worst. Yoshiko is fresh from Japan, rebelling against her formal background and overbearing father. She has a lot to learn about the French language and western culture, and is pitifully lonely. How is she to know that Fabrice s attentions have nothing to do with what happens in a real, grown-up relationship? Xanthe opens her arms to Fabrice to obliterate the memory of her abusive ex-boyfriend. She drinks too much and is heading for a breakdown, mastering her pain with a pharmaceutical pick-and-mix. Could she be the one? Will Fabrice strike gold with Zairah, Yoshiko or Xanthe? How far does debasement have to go before someone becomes so lost that they can t say no? Dark and compelling, this is a modern fable set on the edge of society where normality blurs into the extreme; where there is an invisible line that any woman - a woman you might know - could cross. Bookseller Inventory # AAJ9781908122162
Book Description Cutting Edge Press, United Kingdom, 2012. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Three troubled women from very different backgrounds discover the tattooist, Fabrice, who has the symbol for gold as the only sign on his backstreet parlour. He intrigues each of the women as he covers their old tattoos with his exquisite designs. As he transforms their bodies, Fabrice practises his human alchemy on each of them, subtly luring them into submission, humiliation and confusion using his profound intuition, manipulation and masculine allure. Only one of them intuits Fabrice s intentions. But is the fight actually a part of his plan for her?. Bookseller Inventory # AAJ9781908122162
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