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A painter who became a novelist, Théophile Gautier formulated the notion of art for art’s sake.” In this literary gem, the gaze is the central character as the eye of the beholder turns deadly. Paul d’ Aspremont, on holiday in Italy, meets his fiancée in all but name, a young English girl named Alicia Ward. What begins as an urbane and courtly affair descends into a Gothic nightmare as Paul is revealed to possess the evil eye,” a jinx that kills all those he befriends. Novelist, poet, and critic, Théophile Gautier was a key figure in the Romantic movement in France.
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Paul was afraid of himself: it seemed to him that the image of his eyes, as returned to him by the mirror, came back at him as poisoned spears: imagine Medusa consulting her horrible and charming head in the wild reflection of a bronze shield.
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Book Description Hesperus Press Ltd. PB. Condition: New. An eerie little masterpiece whose theme is the 'evil eye'. Paul d'Aspremont is travelling to Naples to meet his fiancée, a beautiful, delicate English girl. There, a handsome Italian count wants her for himself and convinces the once rational, urbane Paul. Seller Inventory # ER018-368 Crime
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