With the flow: and, M. Bougran's retirement

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Hesperus, Jun 1, 2003 - Fiction - 88 pages
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Through its brilliant, unrelenting detail, Huysmans’ early masterpiece captures the minutiae of misery and boredom in a day in the life of a man who—for the moment—refuses to go with the flow. It is published here with the short story The Retreat of Monsieur Bougran. M. Folantin is a government employee who is overwhelmed by the quotidian misery of life. The story follows his quixotic quest for enjoyment as he goes to a restaurant, to the cinema, and to a prostitute—but ultimately finds that nothing can relieve him of his disgust and boredom with the business of living. Joris–Karl Huysmans, art critic and author of Against Nature, is a leading figure in France’s Decadent Movement.

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User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

This edition contains the novella With the Flow coupled with the short story 'M. Bougran's Retirement'; it was a good editorial decision. In my experience people enjoy misery more than one would ... Read full review

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User Review  - Roman Muradov - Goodreads

Hilarious and delightfully pessimistic, I can relate to Huysmans's boredom and melancholy so much. Read full review

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Andrew was an art critic and a leading figure in France's Decadent Movement.

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