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Marthe: The Story of a Whore (Dedalus European Classics) [Paperback]

By J. K. Huysmans & Brendan King (Translator)
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This new translation by Brendan King is the first for nearly fifty years. Capturing the lively linguistic inventiveness of the original, it also includes an introduction and comprehensive notes.
First published in 1876, Marthe was an important landmark in J.-K. Huysmans's literary career and propelled him into the growing ranks of the Naturalist movement, then beginning to take shape under Zola's direction. Marthe was one of the first French novels to tackle head-on the subject of prostitution, a theme that was to become a central preoccupation in the work of many novelists, painters and poets. Set in and around the demi-monde of the Parisian music hall, it centres on a would-be actress, Marthe, who works in one of the lowest dives in Paris, and tells the story of her brief and ultimately doomed relationship with Leo, a romantic searching for something to take the place of his lost illusions.

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Pages   149
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 2007
Publisher   Dedalus,
ISBN  1903517478  
ISBN13  9781903517475  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans, whose pseudonym was J. K. Husymans, was born in 1848 at Paris, France. After suffering as a youth in the French Ministry, he subsequently began writing works of prose poetry, the first of which was published in 1874. He went on to author full-length novels that illustrated his remarkable wit and satirical writing style.Against Nature is his most well-known work. His other writing includesEn Rade, Saint Lydwine of Schiedam, and L Oblat. J. K. Huysmans died in 1907 in Paris."

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Early Naturalism At Its Finest  Nov 27, 2007
Marthe: The Story of a Whore by J.K. Huysmans, translated by Brendan King.
There have been a series of new Huysmans translations by Mr. King released under the Dedalus imprint in recent years; the only one that mentions absinthe specifically is this, Huysman's first published novel. He didn't become a "decadent" writer until a little later in his career, however: at this time he was still a loyal Zola disciple and the text falls very neatly into the category of Naturalism. As to be expected, it is the tale of a courtesan's rise and fall due to alcohol. Absinthe makes two brief appearances, both in exchanges between the titular prostitute and her bohemian boyfriend Leo, first as celebration and then to alleviate suffering. The novel ends with a grisly autopsy that serves as moral against the evils of addiction.

 
This is a bleak look at the bleak existence of a prostitute.  Oct 9, 1998
A proto-kafkaesque novella that masterfully paints the picture of a miserable life as a Parisian prostitute around the turn of the century. Marthe can be likened to the complement of the Underground Man in Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground.

There is not much of a plot to describe. Marthe is introduced as a teenage "worker in fake pearls", rolling ground oyster shells and foul chemicals together into beads. Her health failing, she finds refuge in the red light district.

A beautifully miserable story.

 

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