On Elegance While Sleeping

Latin American Literature Series
Emilio Lascano Tegui
Translated by Idra Novey

“I write out of pure voluptuousness, I confess.” The first English translation of the self-proclaimed “Viscount” Emilio Lascano Tegui—a friend of Picasso and Apollinaire, and a larger-than-life eccentric in his own right—On Elegance While Sleeping is the deliciously macabre novel, part Maldoror and part Dorian Gray, that established its author’s reputation as a renegade hero of Argentine literature. It tells the story, in the form of a surreal diary, of a lonely, syphilitic French soldier, who—after too many brothels and disappointments—returns from Africa longing for a world with more elegance. Disturbing, provocative, and mesmerizing, On Elegance While Sleeping charts the decline of man unraveling due to his own oversensitivity—and drifting closer and closer to committing a murder.

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Translated by Idra Novey
Publication: Latin American Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 192
ISBN-13: 9781564786043
GTIN13: 9781564786043
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Language: eng
List price: $13.95