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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 identified 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. ok. 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 boundaries of culture.

Psychologically excessive in substance and elegance, the tales of Diaboliques mix horror, comedy, and irony to discover the affairs and foibles of guys and ladies whose aristocratic global bargains neither convenience nor safety from romantic failure or sexual outrage. Conquest and seduction, adultery and revenge, prostitution and murder—all are inside of Barbey d'Aurevilly ’s purview as he penetrates the darker recesses of the human middle. Raymond N. MacKenzie, whose deft translation captures the advanced expression of the unique with its distinctive combination of the literary low and high, additionally contains an in depth 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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