A Dark Stranger

A Dark Stranger

By Julien Gracq

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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
256 pp
Published 12 September 2013
ISBN 9781908968357
Pushkin Collection