The infamous inspiration for the novel which slowly corrupts Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray is translated by Robert Baldick with an introduction by. : Against Nature: A Rebours (Oxford World’s Classics) ( ): Joris-Karl Huysmans, Nicholas White, Margaret Mauldon: Books. Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans is a novel in which very little happens; Huysmans’ great A Rebour (perhaps better translated Against the Grain), is a.

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Society is uncomfortable, it wants to invade that mind, to break the siege and to remake the person as a useful ant under the status quo. Huysmans even gives des Esseintes an interest in chemical experiments just as Dr Jekyll had, and he is passionate about poisonous plants and all sorts of esoteric theories and practices.

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Though many critics were scandalised, it appealed to a young generation of aesthetes and writers. A neglected art with only niche enthusiasts because it is a so fleeting and b completely dominated by commercialism. Jun 01, Evan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Please add translator 3 17 Dec 13, Books by Joris-Karl Huysmans.

This often kills the iconoclast, or drives him mad, or makes him bitter and misanthropic–sometimes all of the above. We are reminded of this shit every day by books, movies, adverts, and assholes on the bus.

The pleasure is ours in a classic fable about illusion buysmans reality Chapt. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Just a terrible, terrible mistake. Against the Grain – Huysmans. See all books by Joris-Karl Huysmans. In them he entered into a perfect communion of ideas with their authors who had written them when their state of soul was analogous to his own.

One doesn’t read A Reboursone lives in it, like a ghost that is huysman to haunt a place even though it would rather leave behind the place in which it was murdered.


He dines at an English restaurant in Paris while waiting for huysmahs train and is delighted by the resemblance of the people to his notions derived from literature. One of the more curious threads in the book is the effect which his religious education has had on him: That’s Des Esseintes for you, speaking of a boy-child he had granted three months of bi-weekly brothel visits to, for no other reason but a sudden whim to conduct a viciously abhorrent huuysmans of social experiment.

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The novels are also noteworthy for their encyclopaedic documentation Charles Rwbours Georges Huysmans was a French novelist who published his works as Joris-Karl Huysmans.

But misanthropy and bitterness are mind-killers.

View all 66 comments. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In Paris he buys a London guidebook. Looking for More Great Reads? Another chapter goes on, and huysmanns, and on about how Des Esseintes is going to decorate his new home, going methodically through the entire color spectrum in order to huysmmans the perfect one for his walls. On that day my object will joris-kalr achieved: I could have just written a short account of how much I enjoyed reading the book, especially the art and literature sections, but I always like to find a unique angle on the books I review, I like to find something to say, or at least a way to say it, that may not have been thought of before, impossible as that may seem.

What strength is left to him he expends obsessing over art, literature, design, and even gardening, in dissertations on artificiality and garish morbid splendor that compose most of the book.

The main character, Des Esseintes, is a former libertine who in his approaching dotage has rejected his unstructured hedonism and become an epicurean par excellence.

A French example of superfluous man. He knows as much about the ecclesiastic writers of the Church as he knows about the vagaries of wines and perfumes.

If I was to re-read in years time, my views would probably huysmxns for the better. Again and again, he tells us that he despises this or that thing because a merchant’s wife likes it. Moreau painted many versions of this scene and story, but I believe this is one of the amazing paintings specifically referred to in the text: Not only does he fail to see this, but his very obsession is like the turtle jois-karl him. Or had I pushed coincidence too far huysmanw seen connections where none exist?


Already, he jorid-karl dreaming of a refined solitude, a comfortable desert, a motionless ark in which to seek refuge from the unending deluge of human stupidity.

Dec 06, Steven Godin rated it liked it Shelves: Perhaps he was a well, but one at whose bottom one often could not find a drop of water.

He pa Difficult to do this one justice. Which must be terribly dependent on skin chemistry because many reviews make it sound utterly foul, yet to me it’s lovely if perhaps dreamy and impractical. Real iconoclasts are cool. But it’s obvious that the book’s tedium was no accident; it forces the reader to live in Des Esseintes’ head, and try to understand the extent to which excess and ennui have both crippled and completed him.

Yet they exert a strange magnetism for both protagonist and author.

Against Nature (A Rebours) by Joris-Karl Huysmans | : Books

Just because he’s describing the fantastically decorated and furnished apartment of an extremely wealthy aesthete concerned with pleasing no one but himself is irrelevant to this particular aspect of the “novel. It’s a sad book, joris-kal written, one of my favorites. The artistic temperament has never been more dramatically expressed: