Mother-to-be, Beatrice, is going for a walk by the sea for the day. Along the way she meet various characters who are developed in small asides. We thus discover the particularity of the Fallen Queens, the Butterfly Man and the Bun Man. The author is not afraid of words and clearly puts a big boot into some widespread taboos.
This poignant work does not simply wander from one individual to another in order to expose them to us; it looks at a very deep and current problem, that of mistreatment, the unspoken side of a barbarity that endlessly breaks young spirits, plunging them into darkness. This novel weaves the common thread of a mother’s violence towards her daughters into the background. A dull, unspeakable and incestuous violence. A violence that kills.
Isabella Viviani was born in Marseille where she studied literature and humanities. Now a psychoanalyst, she has already published a collection of short stories and a novel. Barbaric Secrets is her second novel.
Key Sales Points
– A short, well-written and thought-provoking novel.
– In this book, the author denounces maternal incest. Can victims rebuild themselves after having undergone deep psychological wounds?