Knife Party at the Hotel Europa

A story collection by Mark Anthony Jarman.

Mark Anthony Jarman

In Knife Party at the Hotel Europa, Jarman writes about losing and finding love, marriage and melancholy, the dislocation and redemptive power of travel in Italy's sensual summer.

A man travels to Italy to escape the memory of love lost, and a marriage ended. He passes through sun-drenched landscapes of cliffs and seaside paradises, while the corpses  of refugees wash up on the beach; he parties with the young and beautiful Italians he meets on the train while a man bleeds to death in the hallway. A teenage thief prowls the roof of the tourist hotel at night; an embassy is bombed; holy statues come alive to roam in a gang stealing used restaurant grease.

He suffers the acute loneliness of one who has abandoned and been abandoned, and in this exquisite suffering, he finds how beautiful this life can be. In vivid, sensuous prose, Jarman's stories circle and overlap in surprising, weird, and wonderful ways. Tangents turn out to be crucial, allusions are powerful. (From Goose Lane)

From the book

A slender hoop with seven charms hangs from a brass nail in my hotel room; Natasha the slender Russian librarian brought me these charms from Mexico, where she stayed at a cancer clinic, hoping to find a homeopathic alternative to surgery, hoping for a miracle inside her body, ins ide her uterus. How much did that trip cost her in American dollars and the quack clinic did nothing, despite her hopes, despite her prayers, despite her charms.

From Knife Party at the Hotel Europa by Mark Anthony Jarman ©2015. Published by Goose Lane.

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