The Story of Blanche and Marie by Per Olov Enquist

The Story of Blanche and Marie

Per Olov Enquist

I felt unease and a sense of dread as the story unfolded in a kind of diary building up through hints and echoes, repeating themes like a piece of music - eerie music lit by the blue glow of radium. But perhaps Blanche does tell us the secret of love in the end?

Extract

Her hands were scarred. Love had burned itself into her hands, as if she were an animal and radium a branding iron.

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Violence
Explicit sexual content