Paris Spleen: 1869

Charles Baudelaire (Author) Louise Varèse (Translator)


Set in a modern, urban Paris, the prose pieces in this volume constitute a further exploration of the terrain Baudelaire had covered in his verse masterpiece, The Flowers of Evil the city and its squalor and inequalities, the pressures of time and mortality, and the liberation provided by the sensual delights of intoxication, art, and women. Published posthumously in 1869, Paris Spleen was a landmark publication in the development of the genre of prose poetry a format which Baudelaire saw as particularly suited for expressing the feelings of uncertainty, flux, and freedom of his age and one of the founding texts of literary modernism."

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$14.95  $13.75
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
January 17, 1970
5.22 X 0.36 X 7.97 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Rainer J. Hanshe is the author of The Acolytes (2010), The Abdication (2012), and Shattering the Muses (2017). He is the editor of Richard Foreman's Plays with Films (2013) and Wordsworth's Fragments (2014). His second novel, The Abdication, has been translated into Slovakian (2015), Italian (2016), and Turkish (2017). Other work of his has appeared in Sinn und Form, Jelenkor,, Asymptote, Quarterly Conversation, Black Sun Lit, and elsewhere. Hanshe is currently working on two novels, Humanimality, and Now, Wonder.
Louise Varese was an American biographer and translator of French. She is known for her translations of Stendhal, Proust, Georges Simenon, Julien Gracq, St.-John Perse and Arthur Rimbaud.


The cadenced prose beats in perfect time with the pulse of the slumbering city, where only the strange is awake. The atmosphere is old, dirty, often sordid, and yet, somehow, glorious.... The translation is almost perfect.--John Randolph
He possessed, as it were, a profound intuition of the obstinate, amorphous contingency which is life...--Jean-Paul Sartre