Knut takes place during WWII in the house of the Strobls, a Norwegian aristocratic estate populated by leeching relatives, ruled by the loveless widow Madame Strobl. Sickly son and heir Knut writes of his early life in a confessional manuscript handed to his doting sister Katya, for whom he nurtures intolerable incestuous desires. Knut is a darkly comic take on the gothic novel told in a prose style that captures the tension, violence, and decay of its setting, and parodies its cast of beastly hangers-on and contemptuous aristocrats. A largely neglected artist and writer, Tom Mallin published five novels with Allison & Busby in the 1970s before his death to cancer 1977. This reprint and first paperback edition hopes to introduce new readers to his peculiar and original talent. Introduction by Rupert Mallin.
Release Date: November 20, 2014. Available from all booksellers and usual online retailers. ISBN: 9789810921651.
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