The Impressionist

When The Impressionist was published in 2002 it was translated into 17 languages and won several prizes. On the US Amazon site "A Reader from Fort Scott, Kansas" wrote: "the author is obviously intelligent but obsessed by sexual perversions... In the author's mind everyone is hiding a deviant sexual appetite." In many quarters this was considered a perceptive response.

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Pran Nath

Pran nods. Pran glares. Pran knocks. Pran nods. Pran nods.

Time passes.

English women. English men and ladies. Heads turn. Buck up, old man! Tribal men. Pran sleeps.

White Boy

White men beaten to death.
Pran understands. "Bobby? Bobby!"
Shellac man. "Bobby? Bobby! "Bobby! Seven, eight men? Jonathan Bridgeman

Jonathan nods mutely.

"Boy! BOY!"

Jonathan insists. Jonathan Bridgeman, Astarte Chapel.
Jonathan calls her Star.
The magnetic men
Jonathan steps forward. Jonathan suffers. Jonathan watches the white party. This man. Star. Black man. Star.

"Star?" asks Jonathan. "Star," says Jonathan. "Star - "

White men! Jonathan shakes his head.

For the curious, the following helpful précis is brought to you by the MS Word autosummariser:

Pran Nath

Pran nods. Pran glares. Pran knocks. Pran nods. Pran nods.

Time passes.

English women. English men and ladies. Heads turn. Buck up, old man! Tribal men. Pran sleeps.

White Boy

White men beaten to death.
Pran understands. "Bobby? Bobby!"
Shellac man. "Bobby? Bobby! "Bobby! Seven, eight men? Jonathan Bridgeman

Jonathan nods mutely.

"Boy! BOY!"

Jonathan insists. Jonathan Bridgeman, Astarte Chapel.
Jonathan calls her Star.
The magnetic men
Jonathan steps forward. Jonathan suffers. Jonathan watches the white party. This man. Star. Black man. Star.

"Star?" asks Jonathan. "Star," says Jonathan. "Star - "

White men! Jonathan shakes his head.