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Danville, Gaston

Entry updated 9 August 2021. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of French author Armand Blocq (1870-1933), who initially came to prominence through his involvement with the journal Mercure de France, which he helped found in 1890, and which espoused the Symbolist movement in French poetry. The Anatomy of Love and Murder: Psychoanalytical Fantasies (coll trans Brian Stableford from various sources 2013) presents tales dating from 1891 to 1916, several of them assembled in Contes d'au-delà ["Tales from Beyond"] (coll 1892); most of them are contes cruels and weird tales in which the unconscious (see Psychology) extrudes exorbitantly into the world. Le Parfum de Volupté (1905; trans Brian Stableford as The Perfume of Lust 2016), luxuriantly evokes the twilight fringe of the SF Megatext in a tale recounting the submission to Eros (see Sex) of contemporary discoverers of an Atlantis brought back to the surface by an inexorable but softly-softly earthquake. The protagonist of"Double-Tête" (1927 L'Oeuvre; trans Brian Stableford as Double Head 2020) uses his Invention of a Telepathy device to manipulate the stock market and discover the philosopher's stone. [JC]

Armand Blocq

born Toul, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France: 18 November 1870

died Paris: 4 September 1933

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