Erotic, passionate, tragic or doomed, love is above all a game of allusiveness and nuance, of fabulous grotesques and intimate loathings. In this collection, Dan Rhodes takes fables and spins them into suburban romances, twists domestic cosiness into mythical combat. Love for a Vietnamese cellist drives a man to transform himself into her cello; love is found on a council refuse site between an unnamed narrator and the ghostly Maria; the love of The Artist for his female muse consumes him, the search party sent to find him, the villagers who discover his mouldering body – all eaten by the small creatures of the forest. Against a backdrop reminiscent of Angela Carter with a sense of the emotionally horrid that would quieten even Will Self, Dan Rhodes has produced a spellbinding, haunting collection of timeless tales.
Reviews of Don’t Tell Me the Truth About Love
- ‘Funny and unsettling…Fairy stories written with an elegant simplicity.’ Daily Telegraph
- ‘You won’t find a finer collection of short stories in the land.’ Jockey Slut
- ‘It is brave of Rhodes to buck the trend for realism…the beauty of his writing is persuasive and his themes are universal.’ The Times
- Praise for ‘Anthropology’:
- ‘They should prescribe this free on the NHS – it’s an absolute gem.’ Jenny Colgan
- ‘A hilarious exploration of the challenges faced by the fairer sex.’ The Times