James' debut fiction work - available now!
A collection of 16 short stories, beautifully printed with an illustration postcard and a bookmark. Silk-screened and letter-pressed cover.
Vella's fiction is immensely lucid and yet so strangely dreamlike. So clear, and yet so elusive, like half-forgotten fairy tales. His ornate prose has a rare and shimmering beauty.
– Rune Christiansen,
author of The Absence of Music, winner of 2007 Oslo Prize for best novel.
James Vella's work proceeds with the pure and clear language of a Raymond Carver short story towards mythic conclusion. Each line accrues nuanced meaning until the stories close in on you like night.
– Roger Robinson
author of The Butterfly Hotel
Nothing short of breathtaking...The attention to detail makes for beautiful reading...Exquisite.
- Janine Bullman
Loud & Quiet Magazine
“Potent and elegantly seductive…[Devourings] achieves, with assured brevity, the kind of permanence that can seem to evade even the most practised authors…Quite remarkable.”
- Phillip Clement
Open Pen Magazine
Reads like dark fables...admitting passage into a realm of bewitching hyperreality...Intense, enriching and rewarding, especially for those, like yours truly, who choose to dip in Mr Vella’s tales over and over again.
- Noel Tanti
Exterior: 270 gsm grey paper, letter-pressed and silkscreened.
Interior: 80 gsm Enzo bookpaper.
An edition of 2000
Cover illustration by Onur Kutluoğlu
Edited by Gilly Wright and Karl Smith
Foreword by Mike Diver
Release date 31 January 2013
First 100 copies come with a numbered and signed - by the author - Colophon Card.
First 500 copies come with a U.S.S Passumpsic Postcard and tooth illustration postcard.
All copies come with a bookmark with a photograph by Sine Büyüka