( French - L'Arrache-coeur - 1953 )

novel by Boris Vian

translated by Stanley Chapman

Published: Rapp & Whiting - hardback - 1968
ISBN: none

Quartet Books - paperback - 1989
ISBN: 0704300680 / 9780704300682

Dalkey Archive Press - paperback - 2003
ISBN: 1564782999 / 9781564782991

Vian's final and most serious novel begins with an elegant psychiatrist arriving in a remote town, where he helps deliver the triplets of a woman whose husband is locked up in a bedroom because she abhors him for causing the pain and discomfort of her pregnancy. A mix of disturbing incidents and verbal wit, "Heartsnatcher is as funny and strange as the best of Raymond Queneau and Eugene lonesco.


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