Debut novel from former Tenby pupil

By Paul Evans   |   Content editor   |
Sunday 21st November 2021 8:57 am
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‘Darkness in the City of Light’ is the debut novel by Tony Curtis, a former pupil of Tenby’s Greenhill School.

Tony is an established and acclaimed poet who has published eleven collections. He has also published a volume of short stories, written critical and travel books, edited many anthologies, and has written extensively on war and on visual art, particularly in Wales.

Tony led the Creative Writing department at the University of Glamorgan for many years.

At the centre of Tony’s debut novel, moves Marcel Petiot - doctor, collaborator or resistance fighter, psychopath and serial murderer. He is the embodiment of the chaos and brutality of war, of the evil and inhumanity of dictatorship.

As the novel progresses and awareness of Petiot and his actions grows, so too does his presence in the book. With the liberation of Paris, Petiot is forced into new roles and new conspiracies to avoid trial and the guillotine.

Truth and fiction blur, fundamentally, plausibility is tested, answers are few and questions multiply. Who was Petiot? Perhaps he himself did not know. Certainly the people he killed did not.

Stretching backwards and forwards through the twentieth century, and with a cast including - Picasso, Braque, Sartre, Hemingway and Lee Miller, this remarkable multi-form novel combines fiction, journals, poetry and images in its investigation of what war can let loose, and how evil can dominate a man.

The book is published by Seren Books.

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