The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro

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Award-winning writer Paul Theroux tells four exhilarating stories of desire in which nothing is as it seems in The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro.

A young American walks into Sicily's Palazzo d'Oro during the '60s. Penniless, but swaggering with youth and burgeoning artistic talent, he accepts a proposition to become the companion to a beautiful and beguiling aristocrat. Their affair- formal and restrained by day, torrid and passionate by night - leads him to a place where nothing, not even his lover, is what it seems. This novella and three other tales explore the underbelly of sexual desire and together make up one of Paul Theroux's most compelling works yet.

'Theroux is a distinctive and daring writer. . . he is at his best when shadowing the fugitive feelings which are the outriders of desire' Independent

'A decadent, engrossing collection. Whether evoking the bored sophistication of European aristocrats, or the compulsive smuttiness of American teenagers, Theroux writes with an economy and grace which is hard to resist' Mail on Sunday

'Theroux's eye for detail is seductive and imagination compelling' Irish Independent

American travel writer Paul Theroux is known for the rich descriptions of people and places that is often streaked with his distinctive sense of irony; his novels and collected short stories, My Other Life, The Collected Stories, My Secret History, The Lower River, A Dead Hand, Millroy the Magician, The Elephanta Suite, Saint Jack, The Consul's File, The Family Arsenal, The Mosquito Coast, and his works of non-fiction, including the iconic The Great Railway Bazaar are available from Penguin.

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Supremely moving. A master class in detail and sensuous evocation.The Financial Times of London Yet another stimulating volume in [Theroux's] impressive canon.The San Francisco Chronicle Erotic intrigue is at the heart of these stories, each of which renders familiar territory wonderfully strange.Vogue For armchair adventuring, STRANGER AT THE PALAZZO D'ORO is golden.Boston Herald an accomplished book by an accomplished writer (B+) Denver Rocky Mountain News Therou'x prose is shot through with gentle melancholy, evoking the complexities of matters of the heart with subtlety and grace. (3.5 out of 4 stars) People Magazine Theroux has rarely been in better form.The Los Angeles Times futher proof that Theroux, the evocative prose stylist, remains ever worth reading.The Washington Post Compelling reading.Charlotte Observer Theroux has the ability to capture people and places that are achingly beautiful Pittsburg Post Gazette Theroux uses his precise, realistic style like a scalpel...a marvelous yarn.Providence Journal a satisfying mix of tales...[Theroux's] stories are engrossing and evoke an air of sensuality.The Oregonian Oddly beguiling...dramatically rich.Contra Costa Times

About the Author:

Paul Theroux is the author of many bestselling books, both fiction and non-fiction, including most recently Hotel Honolulu and Dark Star Safari. He divides his time between Cape Cod and Hawaii.

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