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Against the Grain by Joris-Karl Huysmans. The Ultimate Example of “Decadent” Literature Translated by John Howard. Against Nature or Against the Grain. À rebours (translated into English as Against Nature or Against the Grain) () is a novel by the French writer Joris-Karl Huysmans. Its narrative concentrates. The Project Gutenberg EBook of Against The Grain, by Joris-Karl Huysmans This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no.

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Des Esseintes is an eccentric, a decadent, a misanthrope, and an aesthete, who is also obsessed with death and decay.

Against the Grain by Joris Karl Huysmans

From a literary point of view, you could assemble from the details of his library a reading list more erudite and filled with “the consoling beacons of ancient faith” than anything compiled by den Grossenlistengenerator Steven Moore view spoiler [ it’s telling that it could be said, even then, as now, that the compilers of such lists like the work of one of Des E’s idols, Ernest Hello have often “affected inordinate pretensions of profundity. I shall have contributed, to the best of my ability, to the making of a scoundrel, one enemy the more for the hideous society which is bleeding us white.

I think this began because it wasn’t until I was 19 that I got to know anyone in real life who shared a lot of my taste and whose own likings inspired me; having spent so long waiting, having or having had such things within reach became completely compelling. March 15, at 2: It is so good to see that it is still in print. Alain de Botton writes that the reality of travel seldom matches our dreams.


Against Nature

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Des Esseintes is the false iconoclast, the man who is obsessed with being different for its own sake, but who does not know himself. It was a masterpiece of articiality.

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Or even tried to relate it to Proust, given the parallels graln the des Esseintes character and Proust’s famous Baron de Charlus, both said to be modelled on the real life Robert de Montesquiou. At the end of the novel, after spending six months or so living as a recluse, his health deteriorates to such an extent that the doctor orders him to return to Paris.

It’s a sad book, gorgeously written, one of my favorites. There was a problem with your submission.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. It was the heyday of Naturalism, but this school, which should have rendered the inestimable service of giving us real characters in precisely described settings, had ended up harping on the same old themes and was treading water.

We shame other people, we guilt them, we tease them, we make suggestions, we tell them little infectious phrases that are supposed to be helpful. Well, I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like it, nor have I encountered a character as oddly loveable and annoying as Des Esseintes.

Far from condemning this trend, des Esseintes sees in it a source of ineffable charm. Des Esseintes decorates the shell of a living tortoise joriskarl jewels and colored glass so that the light, reflected off the roving gems accentuates the colors of the room adding continuous and subtle variation.

Keely rated it it was ok Shelves: His aesthetic opposes the artificial against nature. Huysmans other books are also worth reading, especially Down There la-Basagaindt book about 19th century French Satanism that nicely weaves stories about the extreme Medieval sadist, Gilles de Rais, whom Huysmans portrays as an aesthete much like Des Esseintes. It is the misanthropy of the problem child who does things he knows he mustn’t do–not because he enjoys them, but out of a desire to betray the image of authority he has created in his mind.


May 22, Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. This often kills the iconoclast, or drives him mad, or makes him bitter and misanthropic–sometimes all of the above.

Instead, he tries again and again to create identity through external trappings, like a college girl who wears a beret in order to feel worldly.

Huysmans [Huysmans converted or reverted to Catholicism in Here, Huysmans has written the first example known to me of the novel where nothing happens. Agains main dude, also, is extraneurotic, extraordinarily rich, aestheticized to the extreme, and willfully isolated from the world.

Oxford World’s Classics edition translated by Margaret Mauldon I finally read this properly in one go I also disliked all the passages on his illness, and the wealth of details he shares about his gastric system. His Decadent Rants and Harangues This novel is a wonderful assemblage of huysmand and decadent rants.

It was being reviewed everywhere as the guidebook of decadence.