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Dedalus Books

I'm working my way through this publishers books. So far I've read:
Là-Bas: A Journey into the Self
The Dedalus Book of Polish Fantasy
The Dedalus Book of Dutch Fantasy
The Dedalus Book of French Horror: the 19th century
The Dedalus Book of Portuguese Fantasy
The Dedalus Book of the Occult: A Dark Muse
Bruges-la-Morte
The Dark Domain
Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf

and I've got these to come:

Paris Noir: The Secret History of a City
The Dedalus Book of German Decadence: Voices from the Abyss
The Dedalus Book of English Decadence: Vile Emperors and Elegant Degenerates
The Dedalus Book of Russian Decadence
The Dedalus Book of Austrian Fantasy: 1890-2000
Tales from the Saragossa Manuscript
Exquisite Corpse
The Arabian Nightmare

A Dark Muse is non-fiction, it's Lachman's tour of the influence of the occult on European writers. La-Bas was pretty good although rather didactic, but Huysmans knows his stuff. It turned out that it was a roman-a-clef and he was having a go at someone. Portuguese and Dutch fantasy were dull, but for different reasons. The first was too florid and the second didn't really have enough going on, although one Dutch story about a whale had some interesting themes and one very short Portguese story about a lion was cute. I enjoyed the Gnostic Dwarf, a rather romantic and rambling tale of heresy. Bruges-la-morte is evocative but rather slow by today's standards but French Horror is great, particularly Jean Lorrain whom I must seek out. And the two Polish books are worthwhile, Grabinski's Dark Domains has much to recommend, ghosts and Poe-like horror but so far, Polish Fantasy is the best. Not a poor story amongst them, I'm still enjoying it greatly.

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meme_machine
May. 2nd, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
That looks like an excellent set of books - and I'd never heard of any of them. In particular you've whetted my appetite and piqued my curiosity for the three books on the Decadence. I feel oddly drawn to that period - something about the sumptuous Vrubel-like textures and colours and moral excess echoing with our current decade and its lamentable end. Thanks for the introduction!
gbsteve
May. 2nd, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Well, there you go. I didn't know who Vrubel was.

Many of the books are available on Amazon for around £5-£8 but I also got some on Abebooks.
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