Saturday, October 08, 2022

Eight books that showcase the eroticism & savagery of cannibalism

Sheila Yasmin Marikar’s debut novel, The Goddess Effect, is out now from Amazon's Little A. Her work has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Economist, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek, Vogue, and many other publications. Her New York Times Magazine profile of the chef Gaggan Anand was selected for the 2021 edition of Best American Food Writing. Marikar began her career at ABC News. A native of New Jersey, she is a graduate of Cornell University, where she studied history. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

At Electric Lit Marikar tagged "eight works of literature that explore cannibalism in manners both overt and discreet," including:
A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G Summers

Dorothy, the protagonist of this faux memoir of a serial killer-slash-restaurant critic who feasts on the flesh of men, takes pleasure in describing the stomach-churning spoils that have graced her past plates, likening a hunk of a man’s buttocks to “rump roast.” A satire of over-the-top paeans to food, the prose in this novel turned even Summers’s stomach: she told the New York Times that combing over a final version of her manuscript prompted her to go vegan for two weeks.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue