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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful stories., 10 July 2013
This review is from: French Decadent Tales (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
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A collection of 36 short stories by some of the most brilliant decadent writers of the fin-de -siècle period in Paris. There are some famous names here like Maupassant and Mirbeau and some not so well known.

As with any short story collection there are some stories which passed me by but these are more than made up for by the quality of the other stories.

These brilliant stories are teeming with addicts, depressives, sexual deviants, murderers and the mad. The stories veer from the perverse to the morbid to the hilarious. Some of them are brilliant and well worth reading twice, especially What the Shadow Demands by Catulle Mendes, The Last Bake by Leon Bloy, The Bath by Mirbeau, Constant Guignard by Jean Richepin, all of Maupassants stories, and The Sans- Gueule by Schwob.

This is an excellent introduction to the French decadent period. Stephen Romer's introduction is informative and well written, providing a context and a short biography of each author. In all, an excellent start if you want to read some French decadent authors.
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