Cécile Barlier

A Gypsy's Book of Revelations

A Gypsy’s Book of Revelation is a collection of stories with an astonishing range of styles and subject matters. A woman visits her cremation from inside the body of her dead self, a competitive couple trains as free-divers, a mother leaves her son behind on top of a mountain, a very pregnant woman experiences a peculiar relationship with a priest-to-be: these stories are full of surprising experimentation that strikes a deeply compelling balance between the real and the bizarre. Embodying unusual premises and worlds, these stories are also fearlessly nontraditional in their structure and approach. These voices haunt, tease, and dare while never providing fully fledged answers. Each story is its own unique thing, a small but profound nod to the human condition.
187 printed pages
Original publication
Red Hen Press



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    b7058733073has quoted6 months ago
    children have dressed up for the occasion. My boys got their hair gelled and neatly combed back. I can see traces of the comb, like narrow trenches ploughed on their heads. They’re not light on the gel; it’s tradition, something that cannot be shampooed easily. It doesn’t matter that I don’t like it, that I like their hair unruly and puffy on their skull. I don’t get to be picky, even for my cremation. It’s a package. What I have is a choice of perspective; I can open my brain to different angles of the room and ou

    djeca su se za ovu priliku dotjerala. Mojim dječacima su kosu gelirali i uredno počešljali. Vidim tragove češlja, poput uskih rovova oranih na glavama. Nisu svijetli na gelu; to je tradicija, nešto što se ne može lako šamponirati. Nema veze što to ne volim, što volim njihovu neposlušnu i napuhlu kosu na lubanji. Ne mogu biti izbirljiv, čak ni za svoje kremiranje. To je paket. Ono što imam je izbor perspektive; Mogu otvoriti mozak pod različitim uglovima sobe i van

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