The Green and Purple Skin of the World
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781554811397 / 1554811392
  • 208 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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The Green and Purple Skin of the World

  • Publication Date: April 1, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781554811397 / 1554811392
  • 208 pages; 5½" x 8½"

In any skin purple is a heavy tone that penetrates to the core.

paulo da costa’s stories get under your skin, bruise your consciousness with their exploration of the forces that hold us together, not always benignly, and those that pull us apart. A hunter and cougar ponder the positions of predator and prey under the dense canopy of a West Coast forest. A nine-year-old tells her stuffed rabbit, Carrot, that it’s not as easy to run away as she thought, especially when someone is following her. Like the bubbles that the character in the title story blows while witnessing the dissolution of a love affair, these stories dazzle and beguile: with their craft, their often dark humour, their grasp of people living the extremity that is daily life.

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“da costa’s stories unfold with the ease and inevitability of myth.” — Weyman Chan

FLIES

THE TABLE

THE RED SKIRT

THE GREEN AND PURPLE SKIN OF THE WORLD

MY REAL MOTHER WOULD NEVER

KISS BABY

VIVALDI’S SPRING

HELLS’ HELL

IMMORTALITY

LOVE & MEDICAL MIRACLES

ANOTHER SUNDAY

NOT WRITTEN IN PENCIL

AN ABUNDANCE OF FLOWERS

BREATHLESS

THOSE WHO FOLLOW

BLACKBIRD

paulo da costa, born in Angola and raised in Portugal, is a writer, editor, and translator living in Victoria, British Columbia. paulo’s first book of short fiction, The Scent of a Lie, received the 2003 Commonwealth First Book Prize (Canada and Caribbean region) and the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize. His fiction and poetry have been published in literary magazines around the world and have been translated to Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Serbian, Slovenian, and Portuguese.