On Elegance While Sleeping (Paperback)

By Emilio Lascano Tegui, Idra Novey (Translator), Celina Manzoni (Introduction by)
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"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.

About the Author

Emilio Lascano Tegui (1887-1966), a self-styled Viscount, is one of the most provocative and singular figures in Argentine literature, making his way through life as a writer, journalist, curator, painter, decorator, diplomat, mechanic, gentleman, orator (known to make incendiary speeches in perfect rhymed verse), and even a dentist. His position as a translator for the International Post Office brought him to Europe, where he began his literary career.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781564786043
ISBN-10: 1564786048
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date: November 30th, 2010
Pages: 174
Language: English
Series: Argentinian Literature