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Stranded (En Rade) (Dedalus European Classics) [Paperback]

J. -K. Huysmans , Brendan King
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dedalus Ltd (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903517842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903517840
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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King has written an excellent introduction in which he relates the critical history of this unusual work and highlights the contrasts and creativity that made the era of its publication such a rich one to revisit. His translation is scrupulously accurate. --Tadzio Koelb in The Times Literary Supplement

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J.K.Huysmans (1847-1907) began writing as a naturalist in the style of Zola. His first novel Marthe(1876) was published by Dedalus in 2006 in a new translation by Brendan King.His early works excel in their descriptive ability and he is one of the greatest authors in describing the life of Paris and its surroundings as witnessed by his Parisian Sketches (Dedalus translation by Brendan King in 2004).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 in 1884. A Rebours is a ground breaking novel which captures the decadent spirit of the day and marks his final break with Zola and naturalism. Dedalus's translation by Brendan King was published in May 2008. His novel about Satanism, La-Bas (1891)is surely the cult novel of the nineteenth century.(Brendan King's translation was selected by Beryl Bainbridge as one of the best books published in 2001 in The Independent).La-Bas is the first of four novels about Huysmans alter ego Durtal. Dedalus has published English translations of En Route (1895),The Cathedral (1898) and The Oblate of St Benedict (1903). Robert Baldick's brilliant The Life of J.K.Huysmans was published by Dedalus in the autumn of 2005, updated and edited by Brendan King. It is Dedalus's aim to make all of Huysmans work available in English. In 2010 Dedalus published Brendan King's new translation of Stranded (En Rade).

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Of the sequence of famed novels by Joris-Karl Huysmans, which for myself reach their high-point of brilliance in 'La Bas', the great novel of the Satanic supernatural of evil, and which taken as a whole chronicle the odyssey of a rarified and aesthetic soul towards and within the sanctuary of high Catholicism (in 'En Route', 'Le Cathedral' and the wondrous 'L'Oblat') this novel 'En Rade' seems to have been curiously overlooked and neglected - it is the strange tale of our highly-strung aand exhausted hero Jacques Marles and his ill wife Louise who take a holiday at the semi-ruined chateau of Lourps, fleeing from their financial anxieties and baying creditors in Paris, only to find themselves trapped in a weird landscape of crepuscular ruralism inhabited by repellent, money-mad swindling peasants. Zola-esque naturalism is counterpoised with two brilliant dream-sequences experienced by the main protaganist of the novel - the first a delirious and bejewelled vision like a Gustave Moreau painting come to life, a prose-poem of intense and hallucinatory beauty and eroticism based upon the Biblical story of Esther and King Ahasuerus. The other is a dream-journey across the face of the moon inspired by a selenographic atlas, an oneiric passage through eerie lunar landscapes which are like moving through a spectral image painted by Odilon Redon. Read more ›
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