Archaeologies of Weird Fiction

Weird #37: “The Complete Gentleman” by Amos Tutuola (1952)

Amos Tutuola’s “The Complete Gentleman” borrows from the tradition of Yoruba folktales to tell the story of a “beautiful” man who borrows his ‘complete’ body—feet, neck, skin, and all—from their owners. Surreal like the best folktales, it made me think of some of Italo Calvino’s more grotesque Italian fairy tales, though “The Complete Gentleman” approaches the weird from a different…

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I’m reviewing The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories

About Me

I’m Matthew Rettino, a speculative fiction writer from Montreal, Canada. In my Archaeologies of Weird Fiction project, I am reviewing all 110 stories contained in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s massive anthology The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories.

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