I’d like to introduce you guys to the author of this gorgeous looking novella, ‘Vicious’. Her name’s Patricia Beykrat, whom you may know as the blogger Madame de Pique. Her novella is being released today (congratulations, Patricia!) and she was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about the book. So here, for your delectation, is the interview, followed by my review of ‘Vicious: A Confession’, and lastly, the official book description.
Interview with the author
My Review of ‘Vicious’
The bucket list, the words pride or ignorance never allowed you to say, the cliched desiderata preceding THE END—these are a comfort to the dying. But for Dante Serafino, a self-described “paradigm of the mythological narcissist,” comfort lies elsewhere.
As an hedonic ideal, he is a Byronic antihero, as primitive as he is urbane. He is also infinitely superior to the lambs who smugly abide by social order; lambs, he later points out, who experience the chemical high of watching the modern day sinners of Gomorrah fall down. And who, Dante begins to suggest, is immoral ?
The thing is though, Dante’s journey has very little to do with immorality because at the heart of ‘Vicious’ is deeper tangle: immortality in immorality versus mortality in morality. Put simply: if you’re alive, you must dare to live in whichever manner ameliorates your inevitability. Or at least that’s integral to Dante’s argument. The account proffered is his alone, intimate and self-satisfied. From his taunting introduction, the reader is invited to follow the exploits, past and present, leading to his last hurrah. It is a story of spiraling, the bisexual playboy and young financial wunderkind forced to contemplate his existence when I suspect he’d rather be partying. It’s Dante’s in memorium of the self.
By the end of his tale, you might not like him, you might even loathe him, but his uncommonness transfixes. And liking him would be beside the point. It’s the singularity of voice that makes ‘Vicious’ a riveting morsel of novella. After journeying with him, I was eager to see how he’d bow out, and Ms. Beykrat did not disappoint. ‘Vicious’ has a raw quality about it; imbued within is an ability to both attract and repel a reader. As a psychological thriller, it focuses on the age-old theme of man against self. And perhaps man for himself. I definitely recommend it for readers who enjoy antiheroes, intimate narratives predominated by self-reflection, and dark themes. If that sounds like your kind of thing . . .
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Dante blames his qualities for his flaws, envisions himself as a child of vice and plunges into a spiral of sex and alcohol (because humans are “so predictably clichéd”) only to forget he was willing to sacrifice everything for them. Young, rich and a prodigious genius, with a penchant for luxury… he ultimately dies, not before delivering his swan-song, a story of decay, sensuality and self-destruction meant to conquer immortality.