The book of human skin is a large volume with many pages of villainy writ upon it. There are people who are a disease, you know. 13 May, 1784, Venice: Minguillo Fasan, heir to the decaying, gothic Palazzo Espagnol, is born.
Yet Minguillo is no ordinary child: he is strange, devious and all those who come near him are fearful.
Twelve years later Minguillo is faced with an unexpected threat to his inheritance: a newborn sister, Marcella.
His untempered jealousy will condemn his sister to a series of fates as a cripple, a madwoman and a nun.
But in his insatiable quest to destroy her, he may have underestimated his sister's ferocious determination, and her unlikely allies who will go to extraordinary lengths to save her...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 20/06/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781408809648