A Dark Stranger
By Julien Gracq
A surreal nouveau-Gothic tale of death in a 1920s seaside hotel
From the moment he arrives at an elegant seaside hotel with his lover, Allan unsettles and obsesses the other guests. Elusive, equivocal, beautiful, he lives, gambles, swims and dances with a strange fierceness that they find intoxicating. Soon he even haunts their dreams. One by one, each guest is fatally drawn to Allan. And, as the hazy August heat fades and summer comes to an end, they gravitate towards self-destruction. Rich, lushly poetic, A Dark Stranger is a dreamlike portrayal of lives lived on the edge of the abyss.
Translated by Christopher Moncrieff
Cover illustration by David Pearson
Published 12 September 2013