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Diaboliques: Six Tales of Decadence

Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly


This new translation of Barbey d’Aurevilly’s Les Diaboliques, first published in 1874, aims to re-introduce Barbey to Anglophone readers. The six stories are highly dramatic, psychologically intense and extreme in both subject matter and style, reflecting Barbey’s unique sensibility. The stories combine horror, comedy, and irony in disturbing and memorable ways, but they are also thematically probing, especially in their indictment of what Barbey saw as a soulless and oppressive modernity. Barbey evolved a richly poetic aesthetic to battle the modern bent toward scientism, positivism, and c ... More

Keywords: Barbey d’Aurevilly, translation, Anglophone readers, modernity, complex style, oral tale-teller, labyrinthine structures, complex style, commodification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816696895
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816696895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, author