In The Succubus, Vlado Žabot, one of the most prominent Slovenian novelists previously has employed his distinct prose style to construct distant, remote, and swampy atmospheres, pursues a contemporary urban story. The events take place in a large-city environment where a murder occurs, though in fact the murder occurs above all in mind of the main character. It is a novel in which, from chapter to chapter, the protagonist, a dull pensioner named Valent Kosmin, drives the last nail into his coffin. Valent suffers from paranoia. Before the appearance of Valent’s mental illness, the first segments of the story are reminiscent of the standard introduction to a detective novel. The setting is a prestigious part of the city, one of the villas near the a restaurant called Little Paradise to which the protagonist goes each day, emerging from his den in a socialist apartment building, for a bottle of burgundy wine. One day the corpse of the wealthy owner of the restaurant is found. This event triggers in Valent a spell of paranoia that at first manifests itself only in the fear that he regards everyone in his enviroment, from the taxi driver to his own waiter, with suspicion, but eventually grows into increasing distrust and hallucinations.
The Succubus is a novel that pulls in both the demanding literary reader and indeed all readers who are attracted by mythological and psychological themes.
Original title: Sukub
Edited by: Lela B. Njatin
Price: 10,00 EUR