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I've been revisiting some of the French Decadent classics in my library and checked to see if there were a good translation and narration of anything from Huysmans on audible. I'd never listened to Nicholas Boulton before, but was so delighted with his performance! I look forward to listening to more titles from him.
I think everyone who's read Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" should read this as an adjunct, for obvious reasons.
For me, it's a "desert island" classic of decadence, along with Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du Mal."
Listen to this performance at least once, twice if you like it, as des Esseintes himself might have advised.
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I had previously read Á Rebours some years ago, and picked up this audio as a refresher for a project I'm working on. The novel retains all of the unsettling force I remembered. The translation used is very subtle, and Mr. Boulton's reading is fluent, precise, and artful, without showiness or excessive flourish.
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