Author(s): ZELLER FLORIAN (TRANS) DYSON
When the narrator receives an invitation to visit Egypt as the guest of the French Embassy in Cairo, he anticipates a boring week of literary discussions and official dinners. He certainly does not foresee the extraordinary events that will ultimately lead to murder. From the start, his fellow author - Martin Millet - seems determined to stir up the tensions that underlie the politeness of Egyptian society. He offends Islamic sensibilities with his views on art and the novel, and worse: his entire stay degenerates into an obsessive search for an Egyptian woman willing to have sex with him. The atmosphere is one of mutual mistrust, bordering on open dislike, not just between East and West, but also between the two authors. As the narrator finds himself dragged ever deeper into Millet's obsessions, he begins not only to fear for his own and Millet's safety, but for the future of Western civilisation. When Millet disappears, he inevitably fears the worst...
"A book about the dialectic of the manipulated and the manipulator, Fascination of Evil is a surprising reflection on the power of words. With this novel Zeller confirms his place among the best authors of his generation." Nicolas d'Estienne d'Orve, Le Spectacle du Monde "The book is cunning, in a diabolical sense, the construction is perfect...it makes you believe in the future of writing..." Patrick Poivre d'Arvor Marie France "A courageous novel, sensual, and subtle, that reflects on the drifting morals of our societies..." Maxime Romain La Marseillaise"
FLORIAN ZELLER is arguably France's most famous twenty-five year old. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels; the recipient of numerous literary awards, a university lecturer, and a journalist for Paris-Match and L'Officiel ... Fascination of Evil is Florian Zeller's third novel, it is a bestseller in France and received the prestigious Prix Interallie. Florian Zeller is also winner of the Hachette Foundation Literary Prize for his first novel Neiges Artificielles; and the New Writer Award from the Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation.