Grotesque is the type of story that crawls under your skin and stays there, affecting, for some indefinite time, your interactions with the world. What effect does unearthly beauty have on those around it? Why do women sell themselves? How does malice manifest? Which version of the story is real, and what is the nature of truth? In this sense, Grotesque reminded me of Rashomon (dir. Akira Kurosawa). Still – murder amidst incest, envy and prostitution – this crime novel is an intriguing character study, in a class of its own.