French Decadent Tales (Oxford World's Classics)

French Decadent Tales (Oxford World's Classics)

"He had turn into the dandy of the unpredictable."

A quest for brand spanking new sensations--and an avowed wish to shock--possessed the Decadent writers of fin-de-siècle Paris. certainly, the years 1880-1900 observed a unprecedented, hothouse flowering of expertise, that produced essentially the most unique, stylized, and cerebral literature within the French language. dying and Eros hang-out those pages, and a polymorphous perversity via turns hilarious and scary. Their tales teem with addicts, maniacs, and murderers as they try to outdo one another.

This awesome choice via Stephen Romer-whose translations brilliantly catch the classy wit and black humor of the originals--brings jointly 36 of the easiest decadent stories from the French fin-de-siècle, together with paintings by way of famous writers reminiscent of Maupassant, Lorrain, Mirbeau, and Villiers in addition to lesser identified figures equivalent to Léon Bloy, Jean Richepin, and the Belgian Georges Rodenbach. Romer's attractive creation offers an entire context for the tales, underscoring the vital literary, philosophical, medical, and political tendencies of the time, which fed into their authors' loathing of the trendy international, and the invention of the subconscious.

The publication additionally contains biographical notes at the authors and explanatory notes to elucidate cultural references, plus a chronology of the main courses and major occasions of the period.

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