Download PDF by Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly,Raymond N. MacKenzie: Diaboliques: Six Tales of Decadence

By Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly,Raymond N. MacKenzie

ISBN-10: 0816696896

ISBN-13: 9780816696895

ISBN-10: 081669690X

ISBN-13: 9780816696901

With its six trenchant stories of perverse love, Diaboliques proved so scandalous on its unique visual appeal in 1874 that it used to be declared a risk to public morality and seized at the grounds of blasphemy and obscenity. extra stunning in our day is how little recognized this masterpiece of French decadent fiction is, regardless of its singular brilliance and its profound impact on writers from Charles Baudelaire to Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, J. okay. Huysmans, and Walter Benjamin. This new, finely calibrated translation—the first in approximately a century—returns Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly’s signature assortment to its rightful position within the ranks of literary fiction that exams the limits of culture.

Psychologically extreme in substance and elegance, the tales of Diaboliques mix horror, comedy, and irony to discover the affairs and foibles of guys and girls whose aristocratic global deals neither convenience nor security from romantic failure or sexual outrage. Conquest and seduction, adultery and revenge, prostitution and murder—all are inside Barbey d'Aurevilly ’s purview as he penetrates the darker recesses of the human center. Raymond N. MacKenzie, whose deft translation captures the complicated expression of the unique with its special mixture of the literary low and high, additionally comprises an intensive advent and notes, in addition to the first-ever translation of Barbey d'Aurevilly’s past due tale “A web page from heritage” and the real preface to his novel The final Mistress.

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