Romer, Stephen, 1957-, Romer, Stephen, 1957-, and Romer, Stephen, 1957-
Short stories, French -- Translations into English., French fiction -- 19th century., Decadence (Literary movement) -- France., Fiction., and Translations.
"This newly translated selection of 36 of the best decadent tales from the French fin-de-siecle brings together some the most exotic, stylized, and cerebral literature in the French language. Hilarious and horrifying, these extraordinary, corrosive little tales cast a cold eye on the modern world"--back cover.
Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850., Raphael, Sylvia., Prendergast, Christopher., and Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850.
"The Grandet household, oppressed by the exacting miserliness of Grandet himself, is jerked violently out of routine by the sudden arrival of Eugénie's cousin Charles, recently orphaned and penniless. Eugénie's emotional awakening, stimulated by her love for her cousin, brings her into direct conflict with her father, whose cunning and financial success are matched against her determination to rebel."--Back cover.
"Enjoying all the advantages of noble birth and intellectual ability, but haunted by a sense of the meaninglessness of life, Adolphe seeks distraction in the pursuit of the beautiful, but older and more vulnerable Ellenore. Unaware of the danger 'of appropriating the language of love, and of fostering in yourself or others emotions of the heart that are transitory', Adolphe unexpectedly falls in love, only to chafe under the burden of an illicit relationship that blocks his public career. Unable to commit himself fully to Ellenore, and yet unwilling to face the pain he would cause by leaving her, Adolphe finds himself caught up in a situation that cannot be remedied, and is resolved only with disastrous results."--BOOK JACKET.
Married women -- France -- Fiction., Bovary, Emma (Fictitious character) -- Fiction., Physicians' spouses -- France -- Fiction., Middle class -- France -- Fiction., Adultery -- Fiction., Suicide -- Fiction., Domestic fiction., and Fiction.
Bovary, Charles (Fictitious character) -- Fiction., Physicians -- France -- Fiction., Adultery -- Fiction., Middle class -- France -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction., Husband and wife -- France -- Fiction., Suicide -- France -- Fiction., Literature, Modern -- French., Extramarital Relations -- in literature., Social Conditions -- history., Social Class -- history., Spouses -- in literature., Domestic fiction., Novels., Fiction., and History.
Working class women -- France -- Paris -- Fiction., Married women -- France -- Paris -- Fiction., Domestic fiction., and Fiction.
The seventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart cycle, L'Assommoir (1877), is the story of a woman's struggle for happiness in working-class Paris. It was a contemporary bestseller, outraged conservative critics, and launched a passionate debate about the legitimate scope of modern literature. At the centre of the novel stands Gervaise, who starts her own laundry and for a time makes a success of it. But her husband Coupeau squanders her earnings in the Assommoir, the local drinking shop, and gradually the pair sink into poverty and squalor. L'Assommoir is the most finely crafted of Zola's novels, and this new translation captures not only the brutality but also the pathos of its characters' lives. This book is a powerful indictment of nineteenth-century social conditions, and the Introduction examines its relation to politics and art as well as its explosive effect on the literary scene.