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Lena, a considerably passive young woman, is moving through life when she meets Herman, a considerably passive young man such as herself. A piece of prose on society’s demands from the individual, by one of modernism’s prominent voices.
In this erotic and shifting narrative, a journalist has an affair with a musician while thinking of her husband and of how this illicit relationship began. As their romance unfolds, the origins of lust and desire are explored with a deep sensuality and an incisive precision, ultimately outlining a lucid portrait of the mechanics of passion.
Tired of seeing fellow workers at a brothel being cheated out of their pay by a ruthless Madame, a cleaning woman decides to seek her revenge with the aid of dark powers. A journey into the occult in New Orleans by one of America’s greatest short story authors – a brief but brilliant introduction to her astonishing body of work.