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The Dead Donkey and the Guillotined Woman

£20.00

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During the early part of the nineteenth century there flourished in France a literature of horror on a par with the English Gothic novel or the German Schauerroman. Rapidly christened "the frénétique school", several of its practitioners including Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac went o n to have highly successful literary careers in other fields.
The "frénétique" was at its peak in the late 1820s and early 1830s. Of this short-lived literary movement Jules Janin's "The Dead Donkey and the Guillotined Woman" is one of the finest and certainly of the most unpleasant examples. Jules Janin is supposed to have begun the tale as a spoof of the fashionable "frénétique" style; however, with its wealth of horrible incident and its sinister and claustrophobic atmosphere, it seems likely that the author actually fell in love his subject. The bizarre duality of the novel becomes as a consequence one of its most striking qualities.

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Author(s):
Jules Janin
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
H: 22cm W: 14cm D: 2cm
Edition:
1993
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1874100055
ISBN-13:
9781874100058
Number of pages:
166
Publisher:
Gothic Society at The Gargoyle's Head Press
Title:
The Dead Donkey and the Guillotined Woman

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During the early part of the nineteenth century there flourished in France a literature of horror on a par with the English Gothic novel or the German Schauerroman. Rapidly christened "the frénétique school", several of its practitioners including Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac went o n to have highly successful literary careers in other fields.
The "frénétique" was at its peak in the late 1820s and early 1830s. Of this short-lived literary movement Jules Janin's "The Dead Donkey and the Guillotined Woman" is one of the finest and certainly of the most unpleasant examples. Jules Janin is supposed to have begun the tale as a spoof of the fashionable "frénétique" style; however, with its wealth of horrible incident and its sinister and claustrophobic atmosphere, it seems likely that the author actually fell in love his subject. The bizarre duality of the novel becomes as a consequence one of its most striking qualities.

Author(s):
Jules Janin
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
H: 22cm W: 14cm D: 2cm
Edition:
1993
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1874100055
ISBN-13:
9781874100058
Number of pages:
166
Publisher:
Gothic Society at The Gargoyle's Head Press
Title:
The Dead Donkey and the Guillotined Woman

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