By Joris-Karl Huysmans, Brendan King
Translated with an advent and notes by means of Brendan King and an afterword and chronology by way of Robert Irwin
Cult curio approximately satanism in fin-de-siecle Paris. day out The vintage story of satanism and sexual obsession in nineteenth-century Paris, in an enticing new edition...
Strong meat for diseased imaginations (Murrough O'Brien within the self sufficient on Sunday)
This magnificent new translation via Brendan King vividly recollects the allusive, proto-expressionist power of the original.
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