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Parisian Sketches

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First published in 1880, same year as Edgar Degas' "The Dancing Lesson and Edouard Manet's solo show, these "Parisian Sketches share the Impressionist fascination with the contemporary life of Paris, the exuberant Paris of the Opera Garnier and the Folies-Bergers. Like the striking images of the early Impressionists, "Parisian Sketches is an assault on the visual senses. C ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published January 13th 2005 by Dedalus (first published 1989)
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The tiny little "PARAPHRASES" section of this book (149-164) is the only part I found to be worth reading, but it is so worth reading.

Then a cloud, eradicated with the colours of a rare flora, the expiring purples, the death-agony pinks and the moribund whites of the anemone, disperses, scattering fleecy vapors, whose ascending shades grow darker, exhaling unknown perfumes in which are mixed the biblical scent of myrrh and the voluptuously complex perfumes of modern essences.

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While not as good as some of Huysmans' novels, this collection of essays, articles, art critcism and prose poems still provides one with a fascinating glimpse into what life was like in Paris in the late 19th-century. Worth getting alone for the prose poem "Nightmare," a lovely piece in which Huysmans paints, with words, visions he experienced upon gazing at various prints from Odilon Redon's "Hommage a Goya" series (Huysmans refers to Redon as the "subtle Lithographer of Suffering" and "the Nec ...more
Darran Mclaughlin
Decadent literature and psychogeography by numbers. Prurient observations on the slums and the working classes designed to titillate to middle-class readers too nervous to become voyeurs themselves. Lights Out For The Territory by Iain Sinclair is a much better book than this, but this does illustrate some of the questionable aspects of psychogeography.

That said, Against Nature by Huysmans is one of my favourite novels, so he can certainly write.
A classic snapshot of Paris street life circ. 1880's by one of the great writers of that period. Huysmans wrote the ultimate novel 'Against Nature' and this collection of short narratives or reporting one really can feel the excitement of life in Paris just before the big change in culture and society.
Perceptive glimpses of people, places, and things of late 19th-century Paris. Whether he writes of buildings or armpits, Huysmans is always keenly biting in his observations and honest to the point of being cruel. Huysmans goes well beyond where Zola stopped.
Tom Newth
pretty much as it describes itself, concerning places, people and a few things, with some fondness for the seamier, vanishing parts of Paris, but more interest in a typically heady aestheticism of language.
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French novelist who published his works as Joris-Karl Huysmans. He is most famous for the novel À rebours (Against Nature). His style is remarkable for its idiosyncratic use of the French language, wide-ranging vocabulary, wealth of detailed and sensuous description, and biting, satirical wit. The novels are also noteworthy for their encyclopaedic documentation, ranging from the catalogue of decad ...more
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