E–book/E–pub [Les Oiseaux Bleus] À Catulle Mendès
E–book/E–pub Les Oiseaux Bleus À Catulle Mendès
Catulle Mend s a key member of the 19th century French Decadent literary movement wrote novels poems tales plays and essays He also write many charming fables This collection includes 25 of his fables If you enjoy fables and if you can ead French the book is available on if you can ead Spanish the book is available via the link below With some help from Goggle translate here is my translation the very first in English of one of my favoritesBEAUTIFUL WORLDAt that time and in that country if young women knew they were attractive they did not know than by word of mouth since all the mirrors large or small hanging on the walls or taken in hand would break into pieces when young women looked into them And do you know why all those mirrors broke Because although only objects they were desperate not to. Bluebirds by Catulle Mendès 1841 1909 here delightfully translated for the first time into English by Brian Stableford is fascinating not only because it illustrates a particular evolution within the pattern of the author’s own works but because that pattern eflects a general one associated with the evolution from the French Romanticism of the first half of the nineteenth century to the Decadent and Symbolist Movemen.
Be the mirror in which the Princess Amarante gazed at her perfectly formed lips heavenly eyes or the flower in her sun streaked hairFor a hundred miles around however much as they tried nobody found a lady whose beauty was comparable to the princess She was the admiration of all men animals or things Not even the king her father and his little dog could help admiring her beauty If she stayed a few hours without crossing the Indistractable room where the nations of the court were meeting those courtly members were sick with sadness When she did not go for her usual walk in the park the balsam and hyacinths became sad and forlorn asking How long will this darkness lastMostegrettably the princess was at least as bad as she was beautiful Although she had deep blue eyes softened by delicious light this did not prev. Ts of the fin de siècle Mendès was one of the key figures in the latter phases of that process of development launching his literary career in the 1860s under the patronage of Théophile Gautier whose daughter Judith he married much against her father’s wishes in 1866 and then becoming a leading figure among the “Parnassians” who attempted a Jacques Prevert renewal andevivification of Romantic ideals before he entered wholehea.
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Ent outbursts of anger that shook the whole world And although her mouth had the sweetness of a friendly pink peach she would often want to bite off pieces of other people s flesh And alas her anger was not her biggest flaw she was jealous She possessed chests of jade gold pearls and diamonds but she would turn pale with age if she saw one or two drops of dew on a morning primrose or some cheap jewelry around the neck of a poor person With such a closed heart she plunged the most handsome and ichest men of the earth in despair men who could not gaze on her beauty without loving her The toll was great no less than twelve suitors were left to die of grief for not having obtained her hand in marriageIIOne day she was playing hide and seek with her ladies on This copy is one of sixty hardcover copie. Rtedly into the Decadent Movement launched in the 1880s The stories in the present collection extend over a linear spectrum moving by degrees from the affected sentimentality of Romanticism to a darker and somewhat jaundiced world view that illustrates the Decadent sensibility very well although all the stories were written in advance of the enormous fashionability that the sensibility in uestion achieved in the late 188.