The Beauty of the Death Cap
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The Beauty of the Death Cap

by Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze
Release date: August 2018
Original title: La Logique de l'amanite
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: horror, mainstream, mystery
Tags: translation

The original novel was published in 2015. Translated by Tina Kover.

Nikonor is an eccentric and scholarly snob, a mycomaniac who has just made it to the Château de la Charlanne where he spent his childhood in the company of his twin sister, Anastasie. After all these years, it is not quite clear what brings him back to la Charlanne — an isolated and somewhat derelict castle located in the heart of the French countryside — but he is keen to share various memories with the reader in order to ‘set the record straight’, while he delivers his opinions on literature, cheeses, and, especially, mushrooms.

Winner of both a Prix André Dubreuil and a Prix Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco upon its original publication in France, The Beauty of the Death Cap is a darkly comic and sinister novel, a work that, page by page, becomes ever more disturbing, as we try to discover who Nikonor really is.

“A deliciously poisonous first novel.” — Le Figaro Magazine

“This is Agatha Christie meets Dexter: this novel makes you shudder and laugh in equal measure: a real success.” — La Vie

“Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze’s mycological début novel unapologetically does away with literary genres.” — Livres Hebdo

(updated 2019-02-27)

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