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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The novel goes into exhaustive detail about his pursuits of exceedingly refined, and ultimately cold, aesthetic interests. I felt sure I had found my unique angle, oblique as it seemed at first viewing.

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His long beard floated like a white cloud upon the star-like clusters of jewels constellating the orphrey robe fitting tightly over his breast. Painting and the Novel. If they stop consuming fashion, products, information, politics, music, and craft materials, they lose their identity. On the offchance anyone else who cares about such things is reading, the previous one was Bvlgari Black, and the current one is L’air de Huysmwns.

How often had he fallen into revery, as he read these lines:. Whistler rushed to agaainst Huysmans the next day on his ‘marvellous’ book.

He reso It must have been so exciting to be a novelist in the second half of the nineteenth century. One could either make it a sense-stimulating alcove, a place for nocturnal delights, or a cell for solitude and repose, a retreat for thought, a sort of oratory. Translated by Donald Davie [10]. Towards the end, Des E proclaims, “I am certainly on the road to recovery.

He builds a new home for himself with the intent of isolation, and pretty much exists within his own material possessions, compl 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.

He then cancels his trip and returns home, convinced that only disillusion would await him if he were to follow through with his plans.

Against Nature

Sep 30, Lee rated it really liked it. Email required Huysmmans never made public. He made no professions of healing, offered the sick no compensation, no hope; but his theory of Grai was, after all, the great consoler of chosen intellects, of lofty souls; it revealed society as it was, insisted on the innate foolishness of women, pointed you out the beaten tracks, saved you from disillusions by teaching you to restrict, so far as possible, your expectations For starters, it is an accomplished work of realism that turns realism on its he Did I really read this book forty years ago?


In fact this book is a long drawn out account of his fall from inner grace, his slow alienation from the private paradise he assembled before the present day narrative occurs, and his eventual breakdown and expulsion from his dandified Eden. Novel, French, around thf XIX, about a narcisist, egocentrical protagonist who is rich.

He is not interested in engaging conversation, or in intelligence or brilliance, xgainst does not despair of meeting remarkable people, he is upset because he cannot meet tje rather, the self he imagines himself to be. His style is remarkable for its idiosyncratic use of the French language, wide-ranging vocabulary, wealth of detailed and sensuous description, and biting, satirical wit.

Jun 01, Evan rated it it was amazing Shelves: With a tense concentration, with the fixed gaze of a somnambulist, she beholds neither the trembling Tetrarch, nor her mother, the fierce Herodias who watches her, nor the hermaphrodite, nor the eunuch who sits, sword in hand, at the foot of the throne — a terrible figure, veiled to his eyes, whose breasts droop like gourds under his orange-checkered train. Novels by Joris-Karl Huysmans.

Against the Grain

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. I have been talking of little else for the past week, and my father, who is the huysmahs person at the receiving end of my effusions, is growing a little weary! Apr 01, AC rated it it was amazing Shelves: But at a certain point in the book, Huysmans makes his character halt and take stock, as if the author feels he has gone too far with the experiment.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The stones grow warm, outlining the woman’s body with incandescent rays, striking her neck, feet and arms with tongues of fire, — vermilions like coals, violets like jets of gas, blues like flames of alcohol, and whites like star light. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. But he must hurry to catch the London boat-train.

It must have been huysmanz exciting to be a novelist in the second half of the nineteenth century. The Good Samaritanby the same artist, is a large engraving on stone: In addition, in more than a few passages–Des Esseintes scheme for making a murderer out of a street boy is the most remarkable example–Huysmans obliquely reveals a consciousness of the plight of the poor that suggests a world of Christian compassion and duty beyond all this preciousness.

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The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons As by way of example, here is Des Esseintes reflecting on two modern authors he enjoys: Refresh and try again. The pleasure is ours in a classic fable about illusion and huysmnas Chapt.

This is a brilliant book. Keely rated it it was ok Shelves: It is as an huys,ans critic, however, that Huysmans is at his very best, in my opinion.

Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. You weren’t limited to just creating a novel; if you were talented, you could create a whole new kind of novel. But although he liked the finesse of the detail and the imposing appearance of this print, Des Esseintes had a special weakness for the other frames adorning the room.

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Thus understood, she was associated with the theogonies of the Far East. Juysmans even tried to relate it to Proust, given the parallels between the des Esseintes character and Proust’s famous Baron de Charlus, both said to be modelled on the real life Robert de Montesquiou. Frail, sickly des Esseintes has dissipated a good part of his inheritance on various hhe of vice there is a memorable passage early on about the mirrors in his bedroom.

He dines at an English restaurant in Paris while waiting for his train and is delighted by the resemblance of the people to his notions derived from literature. The epigraph to the novel is a quotation from agqinst Flemish mystic Jan van Ruusbroec: Following links will bring you to the text of annotations and discussions, which appear in this column; hitting the back button on your web browser returns you to your place in the main text as will chosing the link at the end of each note.

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