‘A man called Berg, who changed his name to Greb, came to a seaside town intending to kill his father. . . ’
So begins Ann Quin’s first novel, a debut ‘so staggeringly superior to most you’ll never forget it’ (The Guardian). Alistair Berg, hair restorer, shares a mistress with his father. He will, he decides, eliminate his rival. After mutilating a ventriloquist’s dummy, he finds himself accidentally seduced by the man he needs to kill. Mordant, heady, dark, Berg is Quin’s masterpiece, a classic of post-war avant-garde British writing.