Translated by Edward K. Kaplan
Part of The Art of the Novella
“This portrait of the poet as a young dandy is full of wit and beauty, lightly underscored by cynicism… a charmingly self-parodic portrait.” —Natasha Tripney, The Observer
Ten years before Baudelaire published his masterpiece, The Flowers of Evil, the great poet penned the only prose fiction of his career: La Fanfarlo. The novella describes the torrid real-life affair the poet had with Jean Duval, a dancer whose beauty and sexuality Baudelaire came to obsess over. The outcome is a work of raw emotional power and a clear distillation of the Parisian’s poetic genius. As Baudelaire himself said, “Always be a poet, even in prose.”
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