Brian Aldiss

The Cretan Teat

Publisher’s Blurb
The Cretan Teat is Brian Aldiss’ most ribald novel since The Hand Reared Boy. He presents us with an alarming narrative involving the discovery of a Byzantine painting of the Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary suckling the infant Jesus: a fake icon becomes an instrument of nemesis. The narrator is a randy but unfortunate author who intrudes in his own story. This clever tale, which smacks of both Pirandello and post-modernism, walks a tightrope between hilarity and tragedy. As such it bears the true Aldissian hallmarks, as muff-diving and nose-diving to disaster alternate to powerful effect.

Brian Says

A novel that did not entirely hatch, the parts being better than the whole.It did serve, however, as a warning signal that Aldiss had begun writing novels that involved art as much as science.

FIRST EDITION: House of Stratus, 2001/2

1. House of Stratus, London, 2001 Paperback
2. House of Stratus, London, 2002 Hardcover
3. Leonaur, 2007 Hardcover Softcover