Ecstasy (Pushkin Collection)

Ecstasy (Pushkin Collection)

by Louis Couperus (Author), Louis Couperus (Author), John Gray (translator) (Author), Teixteira De Mattos (translator) (Author)

Synopsis

Ecstasy is a novel of burning passion and agonising restraint. In turn-of the-century Holland, Cecile, a beautiful high-society widow, falls in love with a notorious womanizer, but her desire must remain unspoken. This is one of Couperus's most powerful novels. A brilliant observer of fin-de-siecle Dutch society, his works are characterised by perfect characterisation, exquisite description and a mordant wit, which brought comparisons to Oscar Wilde. 'Couperus binds both irony and spiritual redemption. ' - The Daily Telegraph 'Couperus' sympathy for the hybrid, the impure and the ambiguous gave him a peculiarly modern voice. It is extraordinary that this Dutch dandy, writing in the flowery language of fin-de-siecle decadence, should still sound so fresh.' - Ian Buruma, The New York Times Review of BooksLouis Couperus (1863-1923), regarded as one of the foremost figures in Dutch literature, was a leading member of the Tachtigers movement. Born in the Hague, Couperus was taken by his family to the Dutch East Indies as a child, where he remained until his father's death. His other novels include Eline Vere (1889), Ecstasy (Extaze: Een boek van geluk, 1892), Inevitable (Langs lijnen van geleidelijkheid, 1900), and The Hidden Force (De Stille Kracht, 1900), all of which are available from Pushkin Press. A renowned wit, raconteur and commentator, Couperus continued to publish critically and commercially successful work until his death.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Published: 01 Feb 1998

ISBN 10: 1901285022
ISBN 13: 9781901285024

Media Reviews
The sexual tension is electric and, in the sudden, exquisite flaming of love, Couperus binds both irony and spiritual redemption -- Max Davidson Daily Telegraph Couperus sympathy for the hybrid, the impure and the ambiguous gave him a peculiarly modern voice. It is extraordinary that this Dutch dandy, writing in the flowery language of fin-de-siecle decadence, should still sound so fresh -- Ian Buruma The New York Times Review of Books
Author Bio
Louis Couperus (1863-1923), regarded as one of the foremost figures in Dutch literature, was a leading member of the Tachtigers movement. Born in the Hague, Couperus was taken by his family to the Dutch East Indies as a child, where he remained until his father's death. His other novels include Eline Vere (1889), Ecstasy (Extaze: Een boek van geluk, 1892), Inevitable (Langs lijnen van geleidelijkheid, 1900), and The Hidden Force (De Stille Kracht, 1900), all of which are available from Pushkin Press. A renowned wit, raconteur and commentator, Couperus continued to publish critically and commercially successful work until his death.