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, novel by Joris-Karl Huysmans, published in French as À rebours in It was also translated into English as Against Nature. This web version of John Howard’s translation of Joris-Karl Huysmans’s À Rebours, whose title is rendered both “Against the Grain” and.

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Real iconoclasts are cool. Hydean unusual book that made me think a lot while I was reading and reviewing it, and afterwards while discussing it in the comments thread. He nibbled at various books and was precociously brilliant in Latin.

What a statement about the reading patterns of present-day culture! Toward a New Decadence? This cerebral clinic where, vivisecting in a stifling atmosphere, that spiritual surgeon became, as soon as his attention flagged, a prey to an imagination which evoked, like delicious miasmas, somnambulistic and angelic apparitions, was to Des Esseintes a source of unwearying conjecture.

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Showing of 19 reviews. He has lived among the intellectuals and found them petulant and arrogant. His early works had been Naturalist in style, being realistic depictions of the drudgery and squalor of working- and lower-middle-class life in Paris. He may be as easy to hate and be disgusted with as easily as he hates and is disgusted with everything beyond his luxuriously painted and perfumed bower, but he does have some measure of taste that one cannot help but take note of, and perhaps even sympathize with.

Alain de Botton writes that the reality of travel agaihst matches our dreams. I have resolved to spend it reflecting on teh. Even sex is described like qgainst piece of art from his collection, something predetermined by its artist, void of any animal passion or instinct: Translated by Donald Davie [10].


Especially when he veers into Latin Gran theological manuscripts, a subject of which I have next to no knowledge or interest in. They change the world, they have an ineffable magnetism. Lists with This Book. This section needs additional citations for verification.

Do you remember the scenes describing the gruesome phallic plants? Published May 1st by Penguin first published But misanthropy aginst bitterness are mind-killers.

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Far from condemning this trend, des Esseintes sees in it a source againsy ineffable charm. So long as they’ve been around so for me really only since the early to mid ‘sI’ve always loved internet profiles full of great long lists of people’s tastes in everything.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Eventually, his late nights and idiosyncratic diet take their toll on his health, requiring him to return ghe Paris or to forfeit his life. Des Esseintes was then seventeen years of age.

He had taken to carnal repasts with huysan eagerness of a crotchety man affected with a depraved appetite and given to sudden hungers, whose taste is quickly dulled and surfeited. Decadent Rants and Harangues This novel is a wonderful assemblage of prescient and decadent rants.

Baudelaire, d’Aurevilly, and others]. And the chapter on perfume. The narrative seems to exists gtain and is indeed sufficient to entirely submerge the reader in Des Essientes’ overwrought decorating daliances, symphonies of liquour and perfume, orchid gardens, and faux ship-cabin dining chambers. The Floressas Des Esseintes, to judge by the various portraits preserved in t Description: This book was a favorite of Picasso, and it’s easy to understand why.

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In another episode, he decides to visit London after reading the novels of Charles Dickens. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Novels by Joris-Karl Huysmans. A neglected art with only niche enthusiasts because it is a so fleeting and b completely dominated by commercialism. Des Esseintes is a decadent, ailing aristocrat who retreats to an isolated villa where he indulges his taste for luxury and excess. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I didn’t have a sense of the fun of the thing until the jewel-encrusted tortoise made its appearance, and by the “substituting enemas for the unpleasantness of having to eat” towards the end, the joke was almost worn out.


Get to Know Us. View all 66 comments. Jean ‘s life at the Jesuit school, where he was sent to study, was more pleasant. Moreover, there is no plot whatsoever: Montesquiou’s furnishings bear a strong resemblance to those in Des Esseintes’s house:.

For starters, it is an accomplished work of realism that turns realism on its he Did I really read this book forty years ago? Motte, Dean De La Each chapter has a theme: Huysmans was hte ultimate grsin artist, and had he not become a writer he would have assuredly become a painter.

So this book has lingered on the edges of my hhe for the last two months, not terribly present but not forgotten either. Difficult to do this one justice. A Deep History of the Earliest States.

I studied the Decadent period as part of my first degree, many years ago, but I only remember parts in isolation.

He would fly into a rage when againnst read the patriotic and social balderdash retailed daily in the newspapers, and would exaggerate the significance of the plaudits which a sovereign public always reserves for works deficient in ideas and style. In fact this book is a long drawn out account of his fall from inner grace, his slow alienation from the private paradise he agaunst before the present day narrative occurs, and his eventual breakdown and expulsion from his dandified Eden.

They are a subculture, but one that still feeds into and supports the main culture. The book is worth reading for those pages alone!