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Les Vingt et Un Jours d'un Neurasthénique
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Les Vingt et Un Jours d'un Neurasthénique

Octave Mirbeau

Feeling that he's being driven mad by modern life, Georges Vasseur heads off for a rest cure. At a spa town, however, he encounters precisely those things he's been trying to escape: corrupt politicians, amnesiac coquettes, cheerfully sadistic killers, imperialist generals, and quack psychiatrists. Hypocrites are eternal, and not much has changed since Mirbeau wrote this acid portrait of his era.

Charpentier-Fasquelle 1901

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