With the Flow

With the Flow

By (author) J. K. Huysmans , Translated by Andrew Brown , Foreword by Simon Callow


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M. Folantin is a government employee who is overwhelmed by the quotidian misery of life. The story follows his Quixotic quest for enjoyment - as he goes to a restaurant, to the cinema, and to a prostitute - but ultimately finds that nothing can shake from him his disgust and boredom with the business of living.

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 124 x 199.1 x 9.1mm | 145.15g
  • 26 Jun 2003
  • Hesperus Press Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1843910500
  • 9781843910503
  • 549,360

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Author and art critic Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848-1907) is a leading figure in France's Decadent Movement. Simon Callow, star of Four Weddings and A Funeral, Shakespeare in Love and Amadeus is one of the UK's most distinguished theatre and film actors.

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Review quote

'the two stories... show a writer in the act of transition, looking for an escape route from the dead end of bourgeois materialism...' - TLS

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