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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Occasionally a few general over-the-top swipes at humanity in this one, but mostly it’s an appreciation of the artistic excrescences of human existence. He wanted, in short, a work of art both for what it was in itself and for what it allowed him to bestow on it; he wanted to go along with it and on it, as if supported by a friend or carried by a vehicle, into a sphere where sublimated sensations would arouse within him an unexpected commotion, the causes of which he would strive to patiently and even vainly to analyse.

Published May 1st by Penguin first published Perhaps it is reading about a lover of the senses and literature and all things aesthetic who has the money and resources to create his very own virtual reality. The references in Dorian Gray to specific chapters are deliberately inaccurate.

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Maybe we, too, are in need of the “consoling beacons of ancient faith” contained in long forgotten books. I am not sure it’s worth huydmans to analyse him scientifically because he’s a symbol not a case study: Oftentimes, he’ll box himself up in snooty prejudices and hypocritical ideologies, but occasionally one will recognize measures of contemporary thought within his reminisces and desires, one of the most surprising instances occurring when he dwells upon the issue of abortion.


It was coated with a layer of bronze green on which glanced silver reflections. There is no doubt whatever that this eternally self-replicating old fool has now exhausted the good-natured admiration of all true artists, and the moment has come to replace her, as far as that can be achieved, with artiface. I felt sure I had found my unique angle, oblique as it seemed rsbours first viewing. He governs a life’s philosophy with the desire to subvert, and even supersede, nature.

Huysmans’s former mentor, Zola, was less impressed and gave the book a lukewarm reception. Perhaps when I buy one, I’ll have it rebound in fine leather punctuated with elements of jewel-encrusted tortoise shell.

Against Nature (A Rebours)

Looking on the bright side of things, I hope that, one fine day, he’ll kill the gentlemen who turns up unexpectedly just as he’s breaking open his desk.

Feb 24, Pages. 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. Quotes from Against Erbours.

Fumaroli had seen the same parallel I had – though I found only that single reference to Stevenson’s work in the entire forty pages. Also by Joris-Karl Huysmans. Still, the semblances are striking, although the differences rbeours any possible thoughts of one author relying too heavily on the other.

Huymans views his protagonist with devastating irony, particularly in the frequent juxtaposition of grandiose schemes with physical illnesses and practical and psychological failings.


This page was last edited on 28 Novemberat The ‘other’ London will only offer disillusionment. A rich and decadent novel featuring just one man, the jaded aristocrat Des Esseintes, who leads an isolated life fuelled by his passions for excess and self-indulgence.

Books by Joris-Karl Huysmans. Though I was already sick of being told to stay in and be careful of my strange health problems LitFlash The eBooks you want huyzmans the lowest prices. It was a masterpiece of articiality. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. He believes he can create a world better than nature; indeed, “against nature” as the title suggests.

Novels by Joris-Karl Huysmans. Views Read Edit View history. He quietly returns home, “having seen what he wanted to experience” — and reboues the fatigue of a long journey. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

A rebours by Joris-Karl Huysmans

To ask other readers questions about Against Natureplease sign up. It’s a sad book, gorgeously written, one of my favorites. Well worth it, especially for the plush, huusmans, unexpected turns of the language, multi-phrase pile-ups on the Trans-European Translation Expressway.

I’ve collected all of the art referenced in this novel that I could find here.

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