Anthropology: and a hundred other stories

By Dan Rhodes

101 short stories, all 101 words in length. Romance collides head-on with the comic and surreal in Dan Rhodes’s uniquely entertaining first publication.

An ingenious series of perfect miniatures of doomed love.

With incredible economy each story holds up a cracked mirror to the private peculiarities of human relationships. The woman who uses cider for make-up remover; the lover whose field-work with Mongolian gays inspires her to sprout a handlebar moustache; the caring mother who binds her baby’s feet under the misapprehension that he’s a girl. Comic monologue meets the discipline of the sonnet writer, filtered by an imagination to rival Lewis Carroll.

Author: Dan Rhodes
Format: Paperback
Release Date: 01 Feb 2001
Pages: 208
ISBN: 978-1-84115-194-6
Dan Rhodes is twenty-six and this is his first book. He will follow it with a collection of short stories, Don’t Tell Me the Truth About Love and a novel. Two of the stories have previously appeared in Tibor Fischer’s Vintage collection, New Writing (March 1999).

”'The funny ones are all the funnier for being brief; the sad ones, all the sadder for being sparse. Every one a twenty-second gem; just don’t read them all at once.” - Maxim

”’Very funny and very sharp.” - The Times

”’Misanthropic, macabre and mordant tales of doomed couplings herald the arrival of Dan Rhodes.” - i-D