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Death in Xanadu By Aaron J Clarke
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'Death in Xanadu' is a savage indictment against the movie industry, and in this world of celluloid fantasy, the ultimate power belongs to the studio mogul Carlton Hislop, who can either destroy... More > careers or create them – on the condition that they submit themselves to him. Author Aaron J Clarke turns a jaundiced eye on Xanadu, and the result is a depiction of a chain-smoking, heavy drinking, coke snorting, megalomaniac – not to mention perverse – movie mogul, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants and likewise, prevent his abhorrent desires from being publicized. Drawn into this scandal are the producers Tiffany, Lisa and Tony, in addition to the casting director, Kathy, who nominates child actors Frank and Freddie for roles in an upcoming film. Carlton becomes fixated on the young actors the moment he sees their audition. And so the malevolent man descends down a path of depravity, which ultimately leads to his humiliating escape from America and subsequent punishment in tropical Brazil.< Less
La Victime anonyme et autres poèmes By Aaron J Clarke
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Dans ce nouveau recueil de poèmes, Clarke aborde de nombreux thèmes, dont le racisme, l’amour homosexuel, la mort, ses réflexions sur la vie, le caractère... More > transitoire de la jeunesse et de la beauté ou encore l’immoralité de la guerre. Il s’exprime avec une exquise élégance, de façon novatrice et sensuelle.< Less
The Voices of Discontent By Aaron J Clarke
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On the verge of committing suicide, Cécile, a middle-aged woman, suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, contemplates her life in Townsville, and with that of her husband, Alain – whom in... More > hindsight she believes to have made a mistake in marrying. Cécile believes her marriage to be flawed because Alain is unsupportive of her artistic ambitions and her dreams of travelling. Compounding their mutual incompatibility is Alain’s authoritarian mother, Eleanor, who stays with them in order to care for Cecile; but in reality, she undermines her son’s marriage with her overpowering religious beliefs. Drawn into this marital melee is Julie, an old friend of Cécile’s but the secret lover of Alain: the duo insidiously plan to profit from Cécile’s death. In 'The Voices of Discontent', Clarke examines the effects of religion, disease, artistic ambition and adultery in an already unstable marriage, discovering that true love overcomes all of these obstacles.< Less
Le baiser du pécheur By Aaron J Clarke
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Dans 'Le baiser du pécheur', Clarke raconte une histoire de trahison et de revanche se déroulant dans le France et le Maroc de la fin du dix-neuvième siècle. Trois femmes... More > sont attirées par le Don Juan Gabriel. Madame de Rosa souhaite l’utiliser comme l’instrument de sa revanche, tandis que Justine et Esmée auraient aimé le voir s’échapper des confins de la société. C’est un monde où les ennemis sont toujours prêts à frapper, comme Madame de Rosa, dont les actions ont des conséquences dangereuses et tragiques pour elle-même et ses deux adversaires. Leurs destinées sont imbriquées dans le cadre des conventions de la fin-du-siècle régulant la conduite des femmes, dictant que celles qui s’abandonnent au désir doivent en payer le prix.< Less
Selected Short Stories By Aaron J Clarke
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The seven stories in this selection span Clarke’s early career, ranging from The Woman in Question, a drug affected man who is unable to let go of the woman he loves that ultimately leads him... More > to the person responsible for her death. In The Wager, an unscrupulous man bets that a black servant won’t be accepted into English high society; in The Unyielding Wind, Clarke reimagines the myth of Pan and Syrinx; and in Stabat Mater, an unhappy wife discovers her husband is having an affair with her sister that leads to a chain reaction resulting in murder and moral depravity. The haunting, The Unobtainable Agnes depicts a young man’s love for an older woman, who happens to be a nun and the resulting emotional tension that follows. Beautifully drawn, Clarke’s stories are as rich and resonant as his novels.< Less
The Road To Ignominy By Aaron J Clarke
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Inspired by a real-life 19th century scandal, Clarke deftly writes about the privileged world of the Victorian upper-class, where Hugh is forced by his overbearing mother, Lady Lillian, to conform to... More > society’s views concerning sex. Hugh’s inquisitive and rebellious nature leads Lady Lillian to send the innocent young man away to Thorndike Academy to be educated according to English etiquette. Instead, his schooldays ignited forbidden desires for an older student, Edmund. However, it would be Hugh’s affair with William, a working-class man, which would cause him so much angst as well as ecstasy.< Less
Les fleurs du printemps By Aaron J Clarke
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Dans ce court roman finement écrit, Clarke peint le portrait de Sonia, éprise de liberté, qui sacrifie ses scrupules et, plus encore, son premier amour, le séduisant... More > jardinier, en faveur de John, le millionnaire revêche. Comme les fleurs qui poussent en son jardin, l’amour obsessif de John pour Sonia est mâtiné de corruption. Il en résulte qu’une présence maléfique continue aujourd’hui de hanter le jardin. Incapable d’aller à l’encontre de son destin, Sonia épouse John, un homme qu’elle n’aime pas, parce qu’il peut subvenir à ses besoins et à ceux de son enfant à naître. Des décennies plus tard, ce fantôme maléfique venant du passé menace de destruction une femme qui connaît le secret de ce jardin maléfique qui contrôle la destinée de Sonia. Elle doit tout révéler à son fils, écrivain, avant qu’il ne soit trop tard. 'Les fleurs du printemps' est l’une des œuvres les plus abouties de Clarke, qui explore les effets corrosifs de l’argent et leurs conséquences pour ceux qui l’accumulent.< Less
Avant La Chute By Aaron J Clarke
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'Avant La Chute' est un roman basé sur l’histoire de 'The Golden Bowl' (La Coupe d’or) d’Henry James, mais avec un tournant inattendu, car celui-ci y implique des amants... More > homosexuels, Marty Townsend et Carlton Aspern, qui séduisent et manipulent la richissime veuve australienne, Clara de Veer, et sa fille Maggie. Le précieux vase, avec son défaut presque invisible, est le véhicule que Clarke utilise pour éteindre la flamme de confiance qui, précédemment, brûlait encore dans le cœur de Maggie. Il révèle les méfaits passés et le prix qu’il faut payer pour le péché d’adultère : l’abandon de ses désirs.< Less
Selected Poems By Aaron J Clarke
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Drawing upon personal events, Clarke invites readers of his poetry to meet a romantic and sensitive soul. He explores death and desire, questions what it means to be good, and pays homage to the... More > divine and nature, observing it with impressionist intensity. Moreover, the language is simple, yet blended with the ornate to create poetry of great beauty.< Less
Upon The Rock By Aaron J Clarke
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Upon the Rock is a blend of narrative voices and styles that tells the story of Marcus Baird, a gay man from Townsville, and Aemilius, a character from a novel set in Ancient Rome written by Aaron J... More > Clarke. Marcus Baird hopes to win the author’s affections. His quest for love leads him to England where he is imprisoned in the writer’s house. During his captivity, he is forced to confess his darkest secrets with the hope of gaining absolution and, most importantly, Aaron’s love. Likewise, Aemilius hopes to win the affections of Culcita, a dangerous youth who threatens the Roman Republic. Aemilius’ quest for love results in him writing his life story and that of Rome’s, where deception leads to murder.< Less