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No other writer of the fin-de-siEcle period undertook a more elaborate exploration of perversities and abnormalities than Jean Lorrain, and no one else went as far afield in the search for discoveries of that curious kind than he did. Perhaps, given the variety of human behavior, it was not possible for him actually to invent perversities that no one actually practiced, or ...more
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Published July 18th 2016 by Snuggly Books
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Nancy Oakes
First and foremost, a big thank you and virtual hug to Anna at Snuggly books, who 1) gave me something to look forward to when she first told me that this was book was going to be published and 2) sent me a copy.

It's not often that I read a story that begins with a queen giving birth to a frog, but that definitely happened here in the final story, "The Mandrake." I shouldn't have been surprised -- the one before that, "The Princess Under Glass," had a young girl stuck between life and death flo
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Karl
May 11, 2016 marked it as to-read
Translation and Introduction by Brian Stableford the book contains some of the longer stories written by Jean Lorrain.
Patrick.G.P
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: decadence, my-library
Jean Lorrain’s tales are filled with a strange, sad sense of beauty and often revolves around the hopelessly lost, either in love or in life. Strange perversions and dark desires run through his characters in stories that range from gothic horror to fairy-tales, and Lorrain tells it all with beautiful, delicate prose. Stand out tales for me was: Sonyeuse, The Soul-Drinker, The Princess Under Glass and The Mandrake. Enthusiasts of decadent prose and fin de siècle literature should absolutely seek ...more
James
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jean Lorrain seems to be experiencing something of a renaissance these days. When I first started getting seriously obsessed with the 19th-century French Decadent writers (this was back in 2008), I remember bemoaning how, at that time, so much of Lorrain's work remained untranslated into English. Then last year saw Tartarus Books re-releasing Lorrain's classic 1901 novel "Monsieur de Phocas" in a deluxe hardback edition, and this year has seen Snuggly Books releasing two collections of Lorrain's ...more
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Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Jean Lorrain's The Soul-Drinker and Other Decadent Fantasies is the second collection of short stories to be made available in English. It is an excellent companion collection to Nightmares of an Ether-Drinker and provides readers an opportunity to enjoy more of the author's decadent, depraved and imaginative stories.

It's great that Snuggly Books has published The Soul-Drinker and Other Decadent Fantasies, because this kind of short story collections are diff
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Quiver
This collection of short stories represents two main directions of French, fin-de-siècle fiction.

The first five stories study the psychological perversities of love in a Naturalist tradition, brought to us through nested frames of unreliable narrators.

Fauras is a tender individual, an elegiac, obsessed with exquisite impressions of sorrow, infatuated with mourning; he wears crepe in his thoughts and has a funeral urn in the place of his heart. Delectably heart-broken, the most angelic of beings
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Gaze Santos
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Decadent is certainly the word to describe the whole endeavour of this book. Which is fitting of a fin-de-siècle writer such as Jean Lorrain. The first couple of stories deal with deviant forms of love. And it is interesting to note that the depictions of them are generally very sympathetic and understanding. One would almost say accepting. Contemporary accounts seem to suggest that Jean Lorrain himself may have been far from straight, which may account for the comprehending bent. Nevertheless, ...more
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Jean Lorrain, born Paul Duval, was a French poet and novelist of the Symbolist school.

Lorrain was a dedicated disciple of dandyism, and openly gay. Lorrain wrote a number of collections of verse, including La forêt bleue (1883) and L'ombre ardente, (1897). He is also remembered for his decadent novels and short stories, such as Monsieur de Phocas (1901) and Histoires des masques (1900), as well as
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