Chasm: A Weekend

Dorothea Tanning


Book, 176 p, language: English, publisher: New York: Overlook Press, ISBN: 1585675849, 9781585675845.
Materials: ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2026/128).

Literary synopsis

"Meridian, a compulsive masturbator with a collection of women's hair and a laboratory full of fetish gear, has invited a number of guests to Windcote, among them the beautiful Nadine Coussay (…), a "Hollywood familiar". To Meridian's annoyance Nadine brings her fiancé, Albert Exodus. The sleeping arrangements - separate rooms - do not upset Nadine, who is unconvinced of the wisdom of this particular betrothal. The attraction Meridian feels for her is reciprocated, while Albert is drawn to Nelly, governess to Destina. As soon as Destina meets Albert, however, an unusual bond forms between them and she entrusts him with her greatest secret: that she makes trips to a nearby canyon to visit her special friend, a mountain lion. (…) Tanning has assembled all the ingredients necessary for an extraordinary drama of love and betrayal, jealousy and regret. She moves her characters like chess pieces. But who will be sacrificed? And who, if anyone, will win?"

- Nicholas Royle

Novel's website

Authorship: Artist Author.

Creative Strategy: No Link to Artworks.

Genre: Adventures, Drama.

Publishing: Publishing House.

Theme: Death, Love, Sex.

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