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Pleasures of the Flesh

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This work is set in Figeac, 1768. In the forbidding shadow of the gallows, young Malvina Raynal is forced to watch her parents hang for murder - their crime is the killing and eating of guests staying at their inn. The punishment is death. Tainted by their evil, Malvina's own life follows a black path: her outstanding talent for cuisine is put to good use by a Parisian apothecary in the mysterious development of sinister but effective 'health pastilles', which taste magnificent and cure all ills. But unhealthy obsession drives Malvina into a destructive love affair where she demonstrates affection with the preparation of lavish and sumptuous dishes created from increasingly unwholesome ingredients ...Reminiscent of Patrick Suskind's "Perfume", "Pleasures of the Flesh" is a powerful and compelling gothic novel about food, flesh and frightening depravity.


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Hardback Editions

August 1999 : UK Hardback

Title: Pleasures of the Flesh (HB)
Author(s): Laurence Haloche
ISBN: 0-333-76663-6 / 978-0-333-76663-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Paperback Editions

August 2000 : UK Paperback

Title: Pleasures of the Flesh: Translated from the French by Rory
Author(s): Laurence Haloche
ISBN: 0-330-35351-9 / 978-0-330-35351-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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