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Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696895

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696895.001.0001

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A Woman’s Vengeance

A Woman’s Vengeance


(p.225) A Woman’s Vengeance

Jules Barbey D’aurevilly

University of Minnesota Press

This short story is set in Barbey’s native town of Valognes, which is located in Normandy, it takes place during the aftermath of Napoleon. It features a set of ex-soldiers of the Empire. This story, the longest one in the collection, is also the most vigorous, most direct protest against the smug and ugly modernity that Barbey (and his friend Charles Baudelaire) so detested. Its climax takes the horror of the preceding story up a very big notch, with a scene of grotesque mutilation, followed by years of expiation. This story is about twenty-six thousand words long.

Keywords:   Barbey d’Aurevilly, Normandy, Napoleon, ex-soldiers, modernity, detested, Charles Baudelaire, mutilation, expiation.

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