I've just read The Taste of a Man. It's quite short and...well, really I mustn't say too much because that would entail a spoiler. In theory it's about a Polish literature postgraduate student in New York who meets a Brazilian anthropology postgrad. She has a lover back in Poland. He is married and has a baby in Brazil. But these two have an intense three-month long affair (the duration of their bursaries). When it has to end because each has to return home, neither can bear it. The girl, Tereza, takes matters into her own hands.

It's what she does, what she thinks about what she does and how Slavenka Drakulic describes it that is the essence of this novel. I have never read anything like it. If you are faint-hearted, keep away.
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Published on May 19, 2012 10:39 • 43 views

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