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"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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About the Author
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.