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Published: 19 May 2013

272 Pages

ISBN: 9780199569274

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French Decadent Tales

Edited by Stephen Romer

Oxford World's Classics

  • A unique anthology of 36 of the best decadent tales from the French fin-de-siècle, 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.

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