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Fards and Poisons - by Jean Lorrain (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 296

Genre: Literary Collections

Sub-Genre: European

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Snuggly Books

Book theme: French

Author: Jean Lorrain

Language: English

Street Date: October 8, 2019
TCIN: 78119730
UPC: 9781645250128
Item Number (DPCI): 247-77-5230


Fards and Poisons, originally published in 1903 and here made available for the first time in English in a translation by Brian Stableford, is one of the more eccentric works of the ever-eccentric Jean Lorrain. Defying the standard narrative expectations of short stories, the items in this volume might be seen as a series of gossipy character sketches, of actresses and mystics, gigolos and dowagers, of an entire rogues gallery of fin de si�cle types, which help explain how the author gained a reputation for corrupting public morals by literary means. Resembling fragments excised from a kind of endless series of conversations, the result is a strange literary collage that is perhaps the most quintessential of Lorrain's works: the slice of his life that pins his own literary persona most precisely, like a lepidopterist's long pin.

Included in the current volume, and for the first time republished since its initial appearance in Le Journal, is also the short story "Victim", for which Lorrain was disastrously sued, and convicted of, libel, the court imposing a massive punitive fine on the author and sentencing him to two months imprisonment, though the rulings were later overturned.

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