Author(s): Sebastian Faulks
Pistache (pis-tash) is a friendly spoof or parody of another's work. [Deriv uncertain. Possibly a cross between pastiche and p**stake.]
From Thomas Hardy's football report to Dan Brown's visit to the cash till, the work of the great and the not-so-great is here sent up with little hope of coming down. Most of these pieces began their life on Radio Four's "The Write Stuff", but have been retooled for the printed page. Others, such as Martin Amis's first day at Hogwarts, have been written specially for this collection.
Philip Larkin's Lines in Celebration of the Queen Mother's 115th Birthday, first banned, then cut by the BBC, appears in its entirety for the first time.
This is not a book for the faint-hearted or the downstairs lavatory.
It is a book for the bedside table of someone you cannot live without.
A collection of fanciful, satirical and surprising parodies, squibs and pastiches inspired by The Write Stuff on Radio 4 20041109
Praise for "Human Traces":
"Faulks emerges as a writer with muscle, with affinities to the great Europeans: Thomas Mann, Balzac, Stendhal . . . what gives Human Traces its pathos and power is the sense of our abiding frailty before life's intransigent mysteries."
"An erudite and lyrical exposition of early psychiatry which is as illuminating as a floodlight in the dark . . . Human Traces improves on all its predecessors in its scale, its complexity and its scholarship."
-"Independent on Sunday"