FRENCH DECADENT TALES (Oxford World´s Classics New Edition)
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A unique anthology of 36 of the best decadent tales from the French fin-de-siecle, newly translated by ephen Romer. Includes well-known writers such as Maupassant, Lorrain, Mirbeau, and Villiers as well as lesser known figures such as Léon Bloy, Jean Richepin, and the Belgian Georges Rodenbach, and stories that fascinate for their amorality, peverseness, cruelty, and imaginative fantasy. Concentrates on stories set in the contemporary Paris of the 1880s and 1890s, giving the anthology coherence and an historical focus. Superb translations by Romer do full justice to the stylish wit and black humour of the originals. Engaging introduction provides a full context for the stories, discussing the principal literary, philosophical, scientific, and political trends of the time, which fed into their authors' loathing of the modern world, and the discovery of the Unconscious. Biographical notes on the authors, and explanatory notes to elucidate cultural references. Chronology of publications and main events of the period. 'He had become the dandy of the unpredictable.' A quest for new sensations, and an avowed desire to shock possessed the Decadent writers of fin-de-siecle Paris. The years 1880-1900 saw an extraordinary, hothouse flowering of talent, that produced some of the most exotic, stylized, and cerebral literature in the French language. While 'Decadence' was a European movement, its epicentre was the French capital. On the eve of Freud's early discoveries, writers such as Gourmont, Lorrain, Maupassant, Mirbeau, Richepin, Schwob, and Villiers engaged in a species of wild analysis of their own, perfecting the art of short fiction as they did so. Death and Eros haunt these pages, and a polymorphous perversity by turns hilarious and horrifying. Their stories teem with addicts, maniacs, and murderers as they strive to outdo each other. This newly translated selection brings together the very best writing of the period, from lesser known figures as well as famous names. Provocative and unsettling, these extraordinary, corrosive little tales continue to cast a cold eye on the modern world. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more. Readership: Readers of short fiction, the supernatural, fantasy, and the Gothic, decadent literature, French literature in translation; students of French literature, the fin-de-siecle , the short story, Modernism, cultural studies, the Symbolist/Decadent traditions.
- ISBN: 0199569274
- EAN: 9780199569274