The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine
by Peter Straub
Review by Mario Guslandi
Subterranean Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596064416
Date: 31 December 2011 List Price $20.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Product Description: Meet Ballard and Sandrine, the eponymous protagonists of Peter Straub's extraordinary, deeply unsettling new novella. The two are lovers, widely separated in age but bound together by a common erotic obsession. Their story, which takes place over a period of twenty-five years, is set primarily within the various incarnations of a mysterious yacht making its endless way down the Amazon river. Their journey encompasses moments of beauty and horror, mystery and revelation, pleasure and pain, culminating in the vision of an astonishing--and appalling--apotheosis.