M. Bougran's Retirement

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Hesperus, 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. 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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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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J.K.Huysmans began writing as a naturalist in the style of Zola. .He changed from being an obscure author and art critic to one of the most famous authors of his day with the publication of A Rebours (Against Nature) in 1884. His novel about Satanism, La-Bas (1891)is the cult novel of the nineteenth century.

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

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