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Heartsnatcher - Vian, Boris, and Chapman, Stanley (Translated by), and Queneau, Raymond (Foreword by)
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Set in a bizarre and slightly sinister town where the elderly are auctioned off at an Old Folks Fair, the townspeople assail the priest in hopes of making it rain, and the official town scapegoat bears the shame of the citizens by fishing junk out of the river with his teeth. Heartsnatcher is Boris Vian's most playful and most serious work. The main character is Clementine, a mother who punishes her husband for causing her the excruciating pain of giving birth to three babies. As they age, she becomes increasingly obsessed ...

Heartsnatcher 2003, Dalkey Archive Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9781564782991

Trade paperback

Heartsnatcher 1990, Quartet Books, London

ISBN-13: 9780704300682

New edition