"He had develop into the dandy of the unpredictable."
A quest for brand new sensations--and an avowed wish to shock--possessed the Decadent writers of fin-de-siècle Paris. certainly, the years 1880-1900 observed a rare, hothouse flowering of expertise, that produced the most unique, stylized, and cerebral literature within the French language. loss of life and Eros hang-out those pages, and a polymorphous perversity through turns hilarious and frightening. Their tales teem with addicts, maniacs, and murderers as they try to outdo one another.
This fantastic choice by way of Stephen Romer-whose translations brilliantly trap the fashionable wit and black humor of the originals--brings jointly 36 of the easiest decadent stories from the French fin-de-siècle, together with paintings via recognized writers corresponding to Maupassant, Lorrain, Mirbeau, and Villiers in addition to lesser identified figures akin to Léon Bloy, Jean Richepin, and the Belgian Georges Rodenbach. Romer's attractive advent presents an entire context for the tales, underscoring the important literary, philosophical, medical, and political developments of the time, which fed into their authors' loathing of the trendy global, and the invention of the subconscious.
The ebook additionally comprises biographical notes at the authors and explanatory notes to explain cultural references, plus a chronology of the most important guides and major occasions of the period.
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