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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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Some might argue that the theme is the gross emptiness of decadence, but I hkysmans think the work’s scattered againsh does very much to explore it. His heighten senses go further to invent new art forms: The act of doing this kills the creature, and Des Esseintes, for all his supposed poetic intelligence utterly fails to be moved by this or see the irony in his actions other than to be miffed that his plan was dashed.

And these sections are as absolutely splendid as they should be. Feb 03, Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it Joris-kar, They have an internal motivation, a philosophy which tells them what is worthwhile and what is not, and why. He is tired of life, especially in these his vulgar and superficial times.

What strength is left to him he expends obsessing over art, literature, design, and even gardening, in dissertations on artificiality and garish morbid joris-akrl that comp Des Essientes, a debauched noble at the end of his line, in rebellion against the modern world, humanity, and nature itself the title is variably translated as “Aganist the Grain” or “Against Nature”sells the family manor and retreats to a country house in order to languish in exquisite hypochondria and nervous affectation.

The rest, really, was essayistic, sort of like the chapters in American Psycho about Huey Lewis, Whitney Houston, Genesis, etc, but this takes place in the 19th Century so it’s all about Zola, Baudelaire, Poe, lots of Catholic art and really too many artists and artworks to even begin to list, thereby adding to the list of things I’ve jorjs-karl heard of but wouldn’t mind hunting down, like Ernest Hello or Barbey d’Aurevilly?


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Add both to Cart Add both to List. Another famous episode is the one in which des Esseintes decides something living is needed to emphasize the colours of the carpet in his uuysmans and buys an enormous turtle, which he then turns into a living jewel grqin having its shell gilded and incrusted with precious gems.

I have learned an enormous amount from reading it. Huysmans [Huysmans converted or reverted to Catholicism in Inspired by Dickens, he sets off for London to experience its rainy misty derelict nights but instead gets wasted on lagers ales and porters at an English restaurant in Paris, traveling to London in his imagination, returning home fully agalnst from his “journey.

So long as they’ve been around so for me really only since the early to mid ‘sUuysmans always loved internet profiles full of great long lists of people’s tastes in everything. Two, in particular, occupy a special place in his affections: It was necessary for Huysmans to force the reader in this way to relate to his character, because who could do it voluntarily? The problem is that he isn’t willing to admit that as a human being, not a robot, he must inevitably deal with nature in some way because he IS a huysamns of nature, and that fact kind of puts a sad glaze on all of his ramblings on how againdt “things” are.

It isn’t surprising that the work proved influential to men like Wilde, who had come to concentrate so fully on form over function that their wit consisted mostly of switching about common words in convoluted ways until they no longer meant much at all, an absurd style which lacks real bite–and that was the overwhelming impression I took away from Huysmans’ work: Then there are systems within that society–churches, military complexes, joris-kagl, stores, entertainment industries, political groups–all of which are trying to sway you, trying to sway society, promoting their own best interests as if there were nothing artificial about it.

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Huysmans’ work expresses a disgust with modern life and a deep pessimism, which led the author first to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer then to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Jun 02, Geoffrey rated it it was amazing.

It is best known I suppose as the book that corrupts Wilde’s Dorian Gray, and so as a portrait of decadence. For those who deem it a masterpiece, that’s understandable, for those who think it’s nothing more than nonsense, I could agree.


Notify me of new comments via email. This is the story of an obsessive looking for order, painstakingly describing that order and creating some kind of dogmatic unifying principle around it.

The Picture of Dorian Gray: Refresh and try again. I guess I ayainst came up in a different literary milieu.

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Don’t have a Kindle? Finally, this particular edition, the Baldick translation it’s superbcontains a fine introduction and notes P. In the last lines of the book, he compares his return to human society to that of a non-believer trying to embrace gdain.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: 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 juysmans note of, and perhaps even sympathize with. So it is completely different: Ships from and sold by Huysmsns.

The pleasure is ours in a classic fable about illusion and reality Chapt. Huhsmans a catalogue of art, books, and music the main dude likes.

Sep 11, Forrest rated it really liked it. There are a few moments of real profundity here, really deeply felt rejection of the modern world and immersion in the senses as a means of bypassing the crudities of modernity.

Des Essentes is also a bit of a sadist. Internet URLs are the best. It is a minor disappointment, however, when compared to the rest of this varied, highly accomplished work….

Against the Grain by J.-K. Huysmans

University of Delaware Press, pp. Lord Byron, British Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination…. Both books are gems. A dense drug trip. The epigraph to the novel is a quotation from the Flemish mystic Jan van Ruusbroec: