Pride Life Magazine - - LITERATURE -

CHRIS­TOS TSI­OLKAS At­lantic Books £ 12.99 – Short Sto­ries From the best­selling Aus­tralian au­thor of The Slap and Bar­racuda comes this in­tense, dis­qui­et­ing and some­what shock­ing col­lec­tion of short fic­tion that grabs you by your sen­si­tiv­i­ties and squeezes. Mer­ci­less Gods is a twisted, dark and bril­liant as­sort­ment that var­i­ously ex­plores violence and de­sire, racial ha­tred and na­tion­al­ism, al­co­holism and aban­don­ment, mis­con­nec­tion and loss, pro­fane and spir­i­tual long­ing and what can hap­pen when in­creas­ingly un­com­fort­able peo­ple speak with­out think­ing. There are sto­ries about a mother com­pelled to be cruel to her son and a rather un­for­get­table bond­ing mo­ment be­tween a fa­ther and son. Al­though it may not be to ev­ery­one’s taste, this is a highly re­ward­ing, di­verse yet uni­fied col­lec­tion de­liv­ered with great insight, poise and con­trol. Twisted but bril­liant.

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