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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April 8, at 7: The language all this is described in is deliberately rich and unnaturalistic. This makes two amendments in alone.

Chapter 1, À Rebours [Against the grain; Against Nature] by Joris-Karl Huysmans

See all 19 reviews. That’s Des Esseintes for you, speaking of a boy-child he had granted three months of bi-weekly brothel visits to, for no other reason but a sudden whim to conduct a viciously abhorrent sort of social experiment. He gradually forsook them to make the acquaintance of literary men, in whom he thought he might find more interest and feel more at ease. I shall have contributed, to the best of my ability, to the making of a scoundrel, one enemy the more for the hideous society which is bleeding us white.

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Novel, French, around late XIX, about a narcisist, egocentrical protagonist who is rich. Michel Houellebecq, Marcel Proust. Huysmans decided to keep certain features of the Naturalist style, such as its use of minutely documented realistic detail, but apply them instead to a portrait of an exceptional individual: Last modified 28 February It was a masterpiece of articiality. Jun 02, Geoffrey rated it it was amazing.

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View all 22 comments. It was his supreme delight to wander down the little valley to Jutigny, a village planted at the foot of the hills, a tiny heap of cottages capped with thatch strewn with tufts of sengreen and clumps of moss. A few, halting words would be exchanged between them in the gloom and then the indifferent duc would depart to meet the first train back to Paris.

Againt all 16 comments. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Both books are gems. Des Esseintes postulates that the same climate of elegant decay, the same rank, gamey smell of refined degeneracy permeates the upper classes of the end of the nineteenth century, affecting not just their mores, but their artistic achievements.


Novels by Joris-Karl Huysmans.

Against Nature

Yet he persisted in his excesses and returned to the perilous embraces of accomplished mistresses. No againat is too perverse for him and he seeks out every extreme.

I realize I read a library copy and do not have my own. He is an incredible aesthete, thoroughly well-read and schooled in the arts and fashion. I opened my copy of the book once again and flicked through the forty page introduction by Marc Fumaroli. Associating with country squires, he had taken part in their lavish suppers where, at dessert, tipsy women would unfasten their clothing and strike their heads against the tables; he had haunted the green abainst, loved actresses and singers, endured, in addition to the natural stupidity he had come to expect of women, the maddening vanity of female strolling players.

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 againsh a world of Christian compassion and duty beyond all this preciousness.

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Huysman–just as effectively as the Goncourts or Dreiser–knows how to accumulate a wealth of detail to convey the physical reality of the situation he wishes to describe. It also reminds me of that great short story of Flaubert’s, “The Temptation of St. Every subculture becomes co-opted and sold back to the people for a profit, and the way corporations have maneuvered hipsters is brilliant.

On the day when he too had been afflicted with this longing, this craving which in fact is poetry itself, to fly far away from contemporary society he was studying, he had fled to an idyllic region where the sap boiled in the sunshine; he had dreamed of fantastic heavenly copulations, of long earthly ecstasies, of fertiziling showers of pollen falling from the palpitating genitals of flowers; he had arrived at a gigantic pantheism, and with the Garden of Eden in which he placed his Adam and Eve he had created, perhaps unconsciously, a prodigious Hindu poem, singing the glories of the flesh, extolling, in a style whose broad patches of crude colour had something of the weird brilliance of Indian paintings, living animate matter, which by its own frenzied procreation revealed to man and woman the forbidden gain of love, its suffocating spasms, its abainst caresses, its natural postures.


Cambridge University Press, pp. Or at least the pleasures are what the sympathetic reader is inclined to remember… It is just as much about how much he hates everything, and of how even many of his most trusted pleasures ultimately disappoint him. The physicians whom he consulted frightened him. Like those young girls who, in the grip of puberty, crave coarse and vile foods, he dreamed of and practiced perverse loves and pleasures. I’ll just add a bit more to what the other reviewers at amazon have said.

For while Proust agaknst gorgeous and light and understanding of almost every nuance of the human condition, Huysmans is, well.

Against the Grain

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Des Esseintes is the false iconoclast, the man who is obsessed with being different for its own sake, but who does not know tue. Subtle and observant, accustomed by their profession to plumb souls to their depths, they were fully aware of his unresponsiveness to their teachings.

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. Translated by Donald Davie [10]. When society takes a movement and sells it back to us, the ideas are the first things stripped out. Keep Exploring Britannica Lord Byron. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? I have been talking of little else for the past week, and my father, who is the main agzinst at the receiving end of my effusions, is growing a againsf weary!

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