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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Jlris-karl May 1st by Penguin first published Certainly, there are some interesting scenes within the book–the famous tortoise episode actually achieving some real insight and satirebut overall, the book is terribly dull–a piling on of detail upon detail without much central notion to hang them on.

So my axis is basically opposite to that of des Esseintes: That is why he locks himself away, alone, and refuses to see anyone. It was coated with a layer of bronze green on joriz-karl glanced silver reflections. Maybe we, too, are in need of the “consoling beacons of ancient faith” contained in long forgotten books.

With more than 1, titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Especially when he veers into Latin Catholic theological manuscripts, a subject of which I have next to no knowledge or interest in. He conducts a survey of French and Latin literature, rejecting the works approved by the mainstream critics of his day.

What were all the evangelical pharmacopoeias beside his treatises of spiritual hygiene? Initially it was unexpected but really it fits very well here: Gradually, we learn more and more about des Esseintes and the depraved life he seems huysmand on pursuing.

Keely rated it it was ok Shelves: At the very moment that Wilde was falling in with social patterns, he was confronted with a book which even in its title defied them. Then, onward to an English tavern where he sees Brit ladies with “teeth big as tombstones” and men with “pork-butcher faces. Retrieved from ” https: As by way of example, here is Des Esseintes reflecting on two modern authors he enjoys: 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 exhausted from his “journey.

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Frail, sickly des Esseintes has dissipated a good part of his inheritance on various kinds of vice there is a memorable passage early on about the mirrors in his bedroom. Although my own life and level of wealth differs greatly from Des Esseintes, I can see part of myself in his immersion in the worlds of art and literature and his absolute revulsion for much of the general run of society and its coarse joris-karll as I write this I have a mental picture of a smirking potbellied husband and his obese wife in their white pants and gold chains waddling into a Las Vegas joris-ksrl.

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 Rien. Just a terrible, terrible mistake.

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They are a subculture, but one that still feeds into and supports the main jodis-karl. It is a novel for people who like talking about novels — the plot itself is slim and of little importance. If this had been a send-up of such a ridiculous fool, it could have proven a remarkable and wondrous work–it worked well enough for Carlyle, Cervantes, and Sterne–but, though there are certainly moments of irony and contradiction throughout, overall, the message seems to be that Des Esseintes is meant to be taken in rdbours we are meant somehow to respect or find interesting the cobbles of his life, his scattered opinions, his false identity.

See 2 questions about Against Nature…. Something Huysmans says of another book of rants could apply equally to his own work: It is a life without risk, a life where he does not have to confront anything uncomfortable or challenging, which will never hazard upsetting or drawing judgment from anyone–a pointless life of perfect safety which he romantically paints as fraught and challenging, because it allows him to imagine himself as the noble struggler against hardship–but solely on his own terms.

Against the Grain (A Rebours), J.-K. Huysmans ()

Of course, the similarities may have been unavoidable when considering that both authors concern themselves with the period of haute couture and Faubourg Saint-Germain culture, and even chose the same aristocrat to model their own wildly eccentric characters on, the Comte de Montesquiou-Fezensac inspiring both Huysmans’ Des Esseintes and Proust’s Charlus. May 22, Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing Shelves: They have constructed a sense of identity for themselves–what makes them them –and when they see someone else doing the same thing, reoburs threatens their sense of identity.


By protracted contemplation of the same thoughts, his mind grew sharp, his vague, undeveloped ideas took on form. Stay in Touch Sign up.

Against Nature (A Rebours)

But he also shows unsurprisingly q it’s a damn sight more enjoyable for those who are natural misanthropes and recluses. February 4th, review to come when I return from a trip but in the meantime, the interiority of this image huysmanss meditate upon: Each time an amendment is made, the review gets reposted, so yes you’ve probably seen it before.

His attempted iconoclasm becomes mere contrarianism. It must have been so exciting to be a novelist in the second half of the nineteenth century. Jun 22, Annie rated it did not like it Shelves: In the last lines of the book, he compares his return to human society to that of a non-believer trying to embrace religion. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Rrbours.

We learn exactly what he likes and what he dislikes. Though I was already sick of being told to stay in and be careful of my strange health problems 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. Des Esseintes’ world is completely superficial, contrived.

That unwholesome mix of artificiality posing as the real thing is fully expressed in the prose itself, metaphors that don’t bother to limit themselves to one side of the equation and fully immerse themselves in delight and disgust.

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.

The ideal novel for people who hate novels. What strength is left to him he expends obsessing over art, literature, design, and even gardening, in dissertations on artificiality and garish morbid splendor 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” jorsi-karl, sells the family manor and retreats to a country house in order to languish in exquisite hypochondria and nervous affectation.

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