Pages from the Goncourt Journals

ISBN-10: 159017190X

ISBN-13: 9781590171905

Edition: 2006

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Description: "No evocation of Parisian life in the second half of the nineteenth century can match that found in the journals of the brothers Goncourt" The journal of the brothers Edmond and Jules de Goncourt is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century French literature, a work that in its richness of color, variety, and seemingly casual perfection bears comparison with the great paintings of their friends and contemporaries the Impressionists. Born nearly ten years apart into a French aristocratic family, the two brothers formed an extraordinarily productive and enduring literary partnership, collaborating on novels, criticism, and plays that pioneered the new aesthetic of naturalism. But the brothers' talents found their most memorable outlet in their journal, which is at once a chronicle of an era, an intimate glimpse into their lives, and the purest expression of a nascent modern sensibility preoccupied with sex and art, celebrity and self-exposure. The Goncourts visit slums, brothels, balls, department stores, and imperial receptions; they argue over art and politics and trade merciless gossip with and about Hugo, Baudelaire, Degas, Flaubert, Zola, Rodin, and many others. And in 1871, Edmond maintains a vigil as his brother dies a slow and agonizing death from syphilis, recording every detail in the journal that he would continue to maintain alone for another two decades.

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 11/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Geoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham in 1958. He currently lives in London.

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