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For more than three decades Lucien — one of the most notorious characters in the history of the novel — has haunted the imaginations of readers around the world. Remarkably the astounding protagonist of Gabrielle Wittkops lyrical 1972 novella The Necrophiliac has never appeared in English until now. This new translation introduces readers to a masterpiece of French literature striking not only for its astonishing subject matter but for the poetic beauty of the late authors subtle intricate writing. Like the best writings of Edgar Allan Poe or Baudelaire Wittkops prose goes far beyond mere gothic horror to explore the melancholy in the loneliest depths of the human condition forcing readers to confront their own mortality with an unprecedented intimacy.

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