The Damned by J. K. Huysmans
The Damned by J. K. Huysmans

The Damned

by J. K. Huysmans

Translated by Terry Hale, Contributions by Terry Hale
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J.-K. Huysmans's gaudy, shocking, and largely autobiographical novel, The Damned (Là-Bas) was quickly condemned and just as quickly achieved cult status. It follows Durtal, a shy, censorious man, who is writing a biography of Gilles de Rais, the fifteenth-century nobleman, child-murderer, and supposed model for "Bluebeard." Bored and disgusted by the vulgarity of everyday life, Durtal seeks spiritual solace by immersing himself in another age. But when he meets the exquisitely evil Madame Chantelouve, he is drawn inextricably into the twilight world of black magic and erotic devilry in fin-de-siècle Paris.
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About this Edition

Language

English

Publication Date

Jun 28, 2001

Format

Paperback

Number of Pages

320

ISBN

0140447679

ISBN-13

9780140447675