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Portrait of a Psychopath
on 28 October 2011
This is humour of the darkest variety. Ines is a wonderfully delusional Buenos Aires housewife who has no idea what's happening in either her husband's or her daughter's life. (In this family none of them really know what the other two are up to, which is probably more true to life than we'd like to admit.) Piniero describes Ines's behaviour - which seems entirely logical from her own point of view - in a beautifully matter of fact way, with simple, elegant diversons right to the last page.
Pages from the court report, dropped into the book every now and again, give us an idea of what happens after the book ends but we are left with a few loose ends. Perhaps there'll be a sequel, or perhaps part of the pleasure in reading this elegant little tale of murder, psychopathic behaviour and suburban family life, is drawing our own conclusions.
As for the humour, you're not going to laugh out loud, but if you have a twisted sense of the absurd, I'm sure it will reward you with the occasional wry smile.