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Wow, is this a corker.
Almost from the very start, having read the vignette and the first two chapters of the first novella, the sheer force and power of the narrative and Leppin’s vivid and directly descriptive style made itself quite apparent.
This is no dry, hesitant English attempt at Decadence, nor is it an emasculated translation (ala DiAnnunzio’s Child of Pleasure). While the strong overtures towards philosophy and sentiment directed against the politics and mores of the zeitgeist that runs through all the best French Decadence are clearly missing (and much missed by their absence), the raw intensity and vibrant, lifelike portrait of a city and the people who inhabit it are practically incomparable. There are few parallels I’ve encountered in literature where you can feel to this degree the sleaze, the passion, the sheer sweat-drenched atmosphere of the time, place and people involved.