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James Vella - DEVOURINGS

by James Vella


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
Nigredo's Room

Production details:
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
ISBN 978-605-4897-00-1
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