Charles Baudelaire, Decadence by Dedalus, Dedalus Book of Decadence, Dedalus books, fin de siecle, J.K. Huysmans, Joris Karl Huysmans, Journal of Decadence, Moral Ruins, Octave Mirbeau, Oscar Wilde, Rachilde, The Black Feast, third eye cinema podcast
OK, I’ve just finished reading two entries in Dedalus’ “Book of Decadence” series, Moral Ruins and The Black Feast. There are apparently others in the series, exploring the latter days of Rome, and the lesser scenes in Germany, Russia and even (gasp) England, the latter subject of which we’ll speak to further in due course.
These two are apparently meant to be the cornerstones of the Dedalus line, at least in relation to the subject and style of the Decadent movement of the fin de siecle that primarily arose in, and whose leading authors and personages were from, France. While there were more or less contemporaneous movements that sprung up from its example in Italy, Germany, England and so forth, for the most part, they arose a bit too late and delivered too little; the intellectual, aesthetic and sexual sensibilities the style celebrated, promulgated and centered itself around translated themselves to such radically different cultures with varying degrees of success and directness.