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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I also disliked all the passages on his illness, and the wealth of details he shares about his gastric system. Now he’s tired of it. Add both to Cart Add both to List. He knows as much about the ecclesiastic writers of the Church as he knows about the vagaries of wines and perfumes.

Thd are a subculture, but one that still feeds into and supports the main culture. For one, the fact that this contrary soul is indeed human despite the weirdly grotesque passions that power it, and through all the oddities Agaknst Esseintes surrounds himself aganst can still see the insolvable human condition that plagues every one of us.

Yet, as biased as his opinions are, they are at least consistent. Huysmans writes about the sensuous with a style that has both an economy and a sensuality of its own: Against the Grain by J. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Or had I pushed coincidence too far and seen connections where none exist? The ideal novel for people who hate novels. View all 5 comments.

He reso It must have been so exciting to be a novelist in the second half of the nineteenth century. View all 6 comments.

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Anything that’s popular with anyone else is out — Goya gets taken down from his walls for being not obscure enough. Of course, as they observe, blasphemy reading “against nature” as “against god” only has real meaning from one who is at root a believer.


Perhaps not unlike that des Esseintes experiences when confronted Oxford World’s Classics edition translated by Margaret Mauldon I finally read this properly in one go Lloyd James Flammarion, p. Unchecked indulgence only deepens his malaisehowever, prompting his doctor to order him back to Paris.

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 spends much time choosing the colors, the furniture and the pictures for his house.

Montesquiou’s furnishings bear a strong resemblance to those in Des Esseintes’s house:. McGuinnessplus J.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It does not really give him pleasure, it is just a againt from him to avoid the world. A Rebours Oxford World’s Classics. 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.

againdt Huysmans is at his strongest in passages of sensual pleasure. His pursuit of idealized artistic perfection is almost fetishistic in its insistence on completeness. I mean, how strong must that impulse be to reject all these things that people tell us we are supposed to be? It is a novel for people who like talking about novels — the plot itself is slim and uoris-karl little importance.

His Decadent Rants and Harangues This novel is a wonderful assemblage of prescient and decadent rants. View all 22 comments. Jpris-karl his sneering isolationism, extreme sureness of taste and cruel streak, never mind the home full of fascinating things, and Schopenhauer fandom the protagonist reminds me a great deal of an ex from seven years ago.


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Far from condemning this trend, des Esseintes sees in it a source of ineffable charm. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. So this book has lingered on the edges of my consciousness for the last two months, not terribly present but not forgotten either.

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Against the Grain by J.-K. Huysmans

The main character, Des Esseintes, is a former libertine who in his approaching dotage has rejected his unstructured hedonism and become an epicurean par excellence. He has lived an extremely decadent life in Paris, againdt has left him disgusted with human society.

The protagonist of the book reminds me of those saints who debauched in their youth and then rejected their former lives to live in a kind of rarefied and refined world of ideas and artifice. Dec 06, Steven Godin rated it liked it Shelves: It is best known I suppose as the book that corrupts Wilde’s Dorian Gray, and so as a portrait of decadence.

Could someonr please tell me the name of the painting on this covet, and, if possible, by whom it was painted? We are invited to his parties which rival Trimalchio’sare absorbed in his fantasies which rival Fellini’s and basically are tripping with him in his unique and solipsistic universe. The hipsters are right: Not only does he fail to see this, but his very obsession is like the turtle killing him.