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J.-K. Huysmans's gaudy, shocking, and largely autobiographical novel, The Damned (Là-Bas) was quickly condemned and just as quickly achieved cult status. It follows Durtal, a shy, censorious man, who is writing a biography of Gilles de Rais, the fifteenth-century nobleman, child-murderer, and supposed model for "Bluebeard." Bored and disgusted by the vulgarity of everyday life, Durtal seeks spiritual solace by immersing himself in another age. But when he meets the exquisitely evil Madame Chantelouve, he is drawn inextricably into the twilight world of black magic and erotic devilry in fin-de-siècle Paris.

Synopsis:

This novel follows Durtal, a biographer, as he investigates the life and crimes of Giles de Rais, a 15th-century nobleman, sadist and satanist who was the supposed original for "Bluebeard". Durtal's pursuit of de Rais also leads him into the dangerous world of black and white magic in modern Paris.

Synopsis:

J.-K. Huysmans's gaudy, shocking, and largely autobiographical novel, "The Damned (Là-Bas)" was quickly condemned and just as quickly achieved cult status. It follows Durtal, a shy, censorious man, who is writing a biography of Gilles de Rais, the fifteenth-century nobleman, child-murderer, and supposed model for "Bluebeard." Bored and disgusted by the vulgarity of everyday life, Durtal seeks spiritual solace by immersing himself in another age. But when he meets the exquisitely evil Madame Chantelouve, he is drawn inextricably into the twilight world of black magic and erotic devilry in fin-de-siècle Paris.J.-K. Huysmans's gaudy, shocking, and largely autobiographical novel, "The Damned (Là-Bas)" was quickly condemned and just as quickly achieved cult status. It follows Durtal, a shy, censorious man, who is writing a biography of Gilles de Rais, the fifteenth-century nobleman, child-murderer, and supposed model for "Bluebeard." Bored and disgusted by the vulgarity of everyday life, Durtal seeks spiritual solace by immersing himself in another age. But when he meets the exquisitely evil Madame Chantelouve, he is drawn inextricably into the twilight world of black magic and erotic devilry in fin-de-siècle Paris.

About the Author

Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848–1907) is recognized as one of the most challenging and innovative figures in European literature and acknowledged as principal architect of the fin-de-siècle imagination. He was a career civil servant who wrote ten novels, most notably A Rebours and Là-Bas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140447675
Translator:
Hale, Terry
Author:
Hale, Terry
Author:
Huysmans, Joris-Karl
Author:
Huysmans, J. -K
Author:
Huysmans, Joris Karl
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Occult fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
no. 29
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.76x5.04x.61 in. .46 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140447675 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This novel follows Durtal, a biographer, as he investigates the life and crimes of Giles de Rais, a 15th-century nobleman, sadist and satanist who was the supposed original for "Bluebeard". Durtal's pursuit of de Rais also leads him into the dangerous world of black and white magic in modern Paris.
"Synopsis" by , J.-K. Huysmans's gaudy, shocking, and largely autobiographical novel, "The Damned (Là-Bas)" was quickly condemned and just as quickly achieved cult status. It follows Durtal, a shy, censorious man, who is writing a biography of Gilles de Rais, the fifteenth-century nobleman, child-murderer, and supposed model for "Bluebeard." Bored and disgusted by the vulgarity of everyday life, Durtal seeks spiritual solace by immersing himself in another age. But when he meets the exquisitely evil Madame Chantelouve, he is drawn inextricably into the twilight world of black magic and erotic devilry in fin-de-siècle Paris.J.-K. Huysmans's gaudy, shocking, and largely autobiographical novel, "The Damned (Là-Bas)" was quickly condemned and just as quickly achieved cult status. It follows Durtal, a shy, censorious man, who is writing a biography of Gilles de Rais, the fifteenth-century nobleman, child-murderer, and supposed model for "Bluebeard." Bored and disgusted by the vulgarity of everyday life, Durtal seeks spiritual solace by immersing himself in another age. But when he meets the exquisitely evil Madame Chantelouve, he is drawn inextricably into the twilight world of black magic and erotic devilry in fin-de-siècle Paris.
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