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The Vatard Sisters by J. -K Huysmans, Joris Karl Huysmans

"The Vatard Sisters brought Huysmans to the notice of the public and revealed him as a man who could paint word-pictures which put earlier practitioners like Gautier and Edmond de Goncourt in the shade…The novel is a story of two working-class sisters, but the main protagonist is Paris, suburban Paris, the Paris of railway stations, cheap restaurants and café-concerts…and the passages that describe the music-halls and crowds of the Avenue de Maine and the Boulevard Saint Michel, or the railway yard seen from the back window of the sisters' bedroom, have a visual immediacy…a kind of energy, a force of personality, which are utterly unusual in Huysmans' work…"Anita Brookner in The Genius of the Future

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ISBN-13: 9781907650536
Publisher: Dedalus, Limited
Publication date: 03/28/2013
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 858,129
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

J.-K. Huysmans (1847-1907) began writing as a naturalist in the style of Zola. His early works excel in their descriptive ability and he is one of the greatest authors at describing the life of Paris and its surroundings as witnessed by his Parisian Sketches (Dedalus translation by Brendan King in 2004). He changed from being an obscure author and art critic to one of the most famous authors of his day with the publication of A Rebours in 1884.

Brendan King is a freelance writer, reviewer and translator with a special interest in late nineteenth-century French fiction. His Ph.D. is on the life and work of J.-K.Huysmans.
He has translated La-Bas, Parisian Sketches, Marthe, Against Nature , Stranded, The Cathedral and The Vatard Sisters by J.-K. Huysmans for Dedalus.
He has also edited The Life of J.-K.Huysmans by Robert Baldick for Dedalus.

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