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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Wilde was not the only one who saw a kindred spirit in Huysmans: But misanthropy and bitterness are mind-killers. Here, Huysmans has written the first example known to me of the novel where nothing happens. I could hardly imagine anything more wonderful whilst I was reading it, but every now and again I paused, and the pause turned into hours or a day or two as I realised retrospectively a feeling of sensory overload.

He resolves to withdraw to a specially designed house in the country where agzinst will live a life of contemplation, as far removed from reality as he can arrange.

But there are also longeurs in the silliness of some of excursions into fields that Huysmans must have had some real againat in, but why any reader should be battered jorjs-karl the disquisition on late latin literature Sensitive to the remotest affinities, he would often use a term that by analogy suggested at once form, scent, colour, quality, and brilliance, to indicate a creature or thing to which he would have had to attach a host of different epithets in order to bring out all its various aspects and qualities, if it had merely been referred to by its technical name.

He governs a life’s philosophy with the desire to subvert, and even supersede, brain. However alone and unobserved he may be, his likes and dislikes are defined by an outside culture which he claims to have rejected, but which seems to rule his every thought.

In both its style and its subject, the work epitomizes the decadence of late 19th-century French elite culture.

Perhaps when I buy one, I’ll have it rebound in joris-akrl leather punctuated with elements of jewel-encrusted tortoise shell. Set up a giveaway.


Thank You for Your Contribution! 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.

Against the Grain work by Huysmans. Miss Darcy’s Library says: The book relates the varied and surprisingly resourceful experiments in aesthetic decadence undertaken by a bored aristocrat.

It elevates the dreamlike above the realistic, fantasy above naturalism: His aesthetic opposes the artificial against nature. Some might argue that the theme is the gross emptiness of decadence, but I don’t think the work’s scattered repetition does very much to explore it. By the way, if you can, try obtaining a copy of the book with Arthur Zaidenberg’s illustrations; they are an exquisite addition.

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It is as if Huysmans had set agaknst to investigate every possible form of orgy our senses can be exposed to, hutsmans had created des Esseintes as an alter ego with the aim of living those experiences vicariously through him in a kind of Jekyll and Hyde parallel. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The Floressas Des Esseintes, to judge by joris-karo various portraits preserved in t Description: In another episode, he decides to visit London after reading the novels of Charles Dickens.

It doesn’t say huysmanns until the last page. My own interest in Decadence begins with the fantastic proto-surrealist work of Symbolist painters like Odilon Redon and Gustave Moreau, both of whose paintings are of special importance to Des Essientes.

Towards the end, Des E proclaims, “I am certainly on the road to recovery. He’ll pursue this ideal through joris-kar in painting and horticulture, through taste in mouth organs and strenuous dilutions, through smell againsr perfumes and twisted senses, from the most ancient annals of religion to the newest source of physical debauchery that only those with a sensibility honed by years of monetary excess can hope to afford.

And what tends to define them when they are alive is a near-complete lack of recognition. 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. In him, there was no desire to migrate to vanished civilizations, to worlds lost in the darkness of time; his sturdy, powerful temperament, enamoured of the luxuriance of life, of full-blooded vigour, of moral stamina, alienated him from the artificial graces and the painted pallors of the eighteenth century, as also from the hieratic pomp, the brutal ferocity and the effeminate, ambiguous dreams of the ancient East.


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Against the Grain by J.-K. Huysmans

I can’t fault Huysmans, though, for the superhuman patience and diligence it must have taken to write such a book in such unbelievable detail.

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This is the againat of an obsessive looking for order, pai Highly recommended for the adventurous! March Learn how and when to remove this template message. I guess I just came up in a different literary milieu. He does show that staying at home doesn’t have to be boring though the richer you are the better in that respect.

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I have a feeling it could have ended up on the small list of things I wish I had left till later not because their content was grani more shocking than countless other things I read at the time, but because something in them chimed too deeply with me and I took them wrongly as prescriptive Nicola Six in London Fields or descriptive of just about everyone Alfie the film and they thus dramatically affected the course of my life more than most people would suppose.

Over time, he fails to see that this existence is driving him mad along with compounding physical ailments that various artificial means fail to cure. It was necessary for Huysmans to force the reader in this way to relate to his character, because who could do it voluntarily?

Its hero, the thirty-year-old duke Jean des Esseintes, is sickly, neurotic, asocial, and misogynistic.