M. Bougran's Retirement
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. With a Foreword by Simon Callow.
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 (1848–1907), art critic and author of Against Nature, is a leading figure in France’s Decadent Movement.
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Review: With the FlowUser 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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