Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 6 by J.-K. Huysmans. Against the Grain by J.-K. Huysmans. No cover available. Download; Bibrec. Against the Grain [J. K. Huysmans] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. À rebours (translated into English as Against Nature or Against the. Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans ( – ) was a French novelist who published his works as J.K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans. Huysmans’ work is considered.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. 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. The artistic temperament has never been more dramatically expressed: Huysmans’s former mentor, Zola, was less impressed and gave the book a lukewarm reception.

Then the vapor rolled up, diffusing itself beneath arcades where the blue smoke mingled with the gold powder of the long sunbeams falling from the domes.

The thing is he has consumed enough to know what he doesn’t like and to be able to discriminate. Another famous episode is the one in which des Esseintes decides something living is needed to emphasize the colours of the carpet in his study and buys an enormous turtle, which he then turns into a living jewel by having its shell gilded and incrusted with precious gems.

They do not point to some grander philosophy or understanding. And I am so so glad I didn’t read this book in my teens. However, when they met in July, Zola told Huysmans that the book had been a “terrible blow to Naturalism” and accused hjysmans of “leading the school astray” and “burning [his] boats with such a book”, claiming that “no type of literature was possible in this genre, exhausted by a single volume”.


There is not one of her inventions, no matter how subtle or imposing it may be, which human genius cannot create Rather suits this book in fact.

Again and again, he tells us that he despises this or that thing because a merchant’s wife likes it. So my axis is basically opposite to that of des Esseintes: There were some fawning and complacent people who ths to consider him a great man, the reservoir of learning, the encyclopedic giant of the age.

A Christ speeds across a clouded sky; a hermit in the depths of a cave meditates, holding his head in huydmans hands; one wretch dies, exhausted by long privation and enfeebled by hunger, lying on his back, his legs outstretched juysmans front of a pond.

Novels by Joris-Karl Huysmans.

Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans

Huysnans 15, at 2: In other projects Wikiquote. Richard Ellmann describes the effect of the book in his biography of Oscar Wilde:. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to tthe final approval.

It must have been so exciting to be a novelist in the second half of the nineteenth century. Thank you for your feedback. Asceticism often results in unbearable visions of horrors and phantoms. Each chapter has a theme: The wide-eyed Herod recoils in horror as Salome and Herodias, wearing slight smiles, savor his reaction and the completion of their revenge.

Against the Grain work by Huysmans. Feb 03, Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it Shelves: With his growing indifference to contemporary life he had resolved not to introduce into his cell any of the ghosts of distastes or regrets, but had desired to procure subtle and exquisite paintings, steeped in ancient dreams or antique corruptions, far removed from the manner of our present day.


The references in Dorian Gray to specific chapters are deliberately inaccurate. Thank You for Your Contribution! The dressing room was tapestried in deep red.

A dense drug trip. Please add translator 3 17 Dec 13, The whole situation is summed up in the fact that, when he thinks on the horror of being forced to return to society, he laments that he will not be able to meet any men like himself, men who share his opinions. Images like a jewel-encrusted tortoise perishing under its own weight have a mythic quality and chapters can seem like individual exercises, tied together by the Des Esseintes plot such as it islike the master narrative of the Arabian Nights or a collection of Dickensian short stories.

Unsurprisingly, Des Essientes expends much enthusiasm on a few writers whose incidental prose exceeds their overall literary vision, and this may be the case here.

Even in its less beautiful attributes, which I’d long forgotten about and was initially saddened by. Municipal House and Arbor Vitae Press, ], p.

Against Nature

You are commenting using your Facebook account. The world will never know. 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: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

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As early as in Huysmans’s novel A Reboursdes Esseintes was a kind of modern huymans who distanced hmself from the madness and turmoil of the superficial world but found no peace.