With the Flow

With the Flow

Paperback Hesperus Classics

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


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  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 199mm x 9mm | 145g
  • Publication date: 26 June 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843910500
  • ISBN 13: 9781843910503
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 522,024

Product description

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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Author information

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.

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

Table of contents

Foreword by Simon Callow; Introduction; With the Flow; M. Bougran's Retirement; Notes; Biographical note