Equally nostalgic yet nightmarish, LIME PICKLED and Other Stories is a short story collection set in a fictional Malaysia on the murky themes of exploitation, ecological damage, poverty, abuse and loss.
Nefarious characters interact with the oppressed in the richly-textured familiar and amoral setting of modern Asia. Marc de Faoite's storytelling, gritty, yet detached, hints at traditional folklore with a brush of Zola's naturalism. Dark, surreal, heartwarming and funny, the range in this collection hits the spot in a multitude of ways. The initial primal shock cuts deep but these controversial and hard-hitting stories of human suffering, desperation and courage will stay with you for a long time.
"Marc de Faoite writes with an ear attuned to the rhythm and pains of a Malaysia I recognise. Light-hearted and brutal by turns, these stories are richly populated by unseen lives, transgressors, and those who pay the price. A collection with an unmistakable heart."
"A marvellous, dizzyingly varied collection, full of surprises. From Surrealism and experimental word play to grim hyperrealism, from heartbreak to humour: you'll find it all in these pages. I could tell you that this book is for fans of Borges, or Lydia Davis, or Ali Smith, or Saki, but the truth is, I don't know where to begin or end. This is a book for everybody who reads, everybody who thinks, everybody who feels."
"Atmospheric, lyrical, yet ferocious, these Malaysian stories in Lime Pickled will force you to see men and women essential to society who are most often rendered invisible. You'll bristle at the harsh, brutal injustice. You'll hope for redemption, but in de Faoite's searing tales, as in life, you'll only find rare glimpses of it."