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The Beast

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Mrs Vidozza elects to suffer for her gifted, unhinged son; Charles is consumed by the habit of voyeurism; Antonietta succumbs to fascination with a murder she believes she has witnessed; sexuagenarian Daisy suborns herself for the sake of a young girl she imagines as a flower in an otherwise filthy world...

In this 1978 collection Hugh Fleetwood gives a name to a theme running through his fictional oeuvreand the fates of his characters: that 'innocence' must as soon as possible be supplanted by awareness of the human capacity for horror, so that Beauty and the Beast are reconciled in our consciousness.

'Fleetwood can write like a dream... and really get into your head. He reaches down and stirs with venomous delight the nameless, faceless things swimming far below the level of consciousness.' Scotsman

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Hardback Editions

1979 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The beast
Author(s): Hugh Fleetwood
ISBN: 0-689-10956-3 / 978-0-689-10956-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atheneum
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July 1978 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Beast
Author(s): Hugh Fleetwood
ISBN: 0-241-89883-8 / 978-0-241-89883-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
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Paperback Editions

November 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Beast
Author(s): Hugh Fleetwood
ISBN: 0-571-30477-X / 978-0-571-30477-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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Kindle Editions

November 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Beast
Author(s): Hugh Fleetwood
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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