Peter Everett

Bellocq's Women
  • Bellocq's Women

  • In 1912, in Storyville, the notorious red-light district of New Orleans, a photographer named E. J. Bellocq took a series of photographs of the women who worked in the brothels. Rediscovered in the 1950s, Bellocq's photographs have become famous, but the man himself remains a mystery.In Bellocq's Women, Peter Everett performs as remarkable a feat of fictional reconstruction as he did in Matisse's War and The Voyages of Alfred Wallis. All we have of Bellocq are his photographs and a few fragmentary memories; in this extraordinary novel Everett not only brings the photographer to life - and with him his strange, tortured relationship with his mother and two young girls, one his landlady's daughter, the other a child whore - but also his world - the opium dens and bar rooms of New Orleans and the whore houses with their surreal combination of violence and homeliness.

Peter Everett was born in Hull, east Yorkshire in 1931, and began writing at the age of nineteen. He is the author of seven previous novels: A Day of Dwarfs, The Instrument, Negatives (which won the 1964 Somerset Maugham Award), A Death in Ireland, The Fetch, Visions of Heydritch and Matisse's War. He has also written for both television and radio. He lives in Sheffield.

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