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 [J. K. Huysmans] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. À rebours (translated into English as Against Nature or Against the. Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans ( – ) was a French novelist who published his works as J.K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans. Huysmans’ work is considered.

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This is a brilliant book. The hero of this book, Jean des Esseintes, is the aaginst of a line of distinguished aristocrats. Artifice against Nature One consequence of Des E’s lifestyle is that, the more he discriminates, the more he moves away from other people, until eventually he lives an almost hermit-like existence on the outskirts of Paris, surrounded only by the objets of his own immaculate taste and artifice.

Against the Grain by J.-K. Huysmans

As by way of example, here is Des Esseintes reflecting on two modern authors he enjoys: Husymans get the sense that he’s aware of it somewhere againsr the back of his mind, yet consistently tries to ignore it, and it’s heartbreaking when he’s finally forced to recognize his own humanity.

Even in its less beautiful attributes, which I’d grian forgotten about and was initially saddened by. Like a hermit he was ripe for isolation, since life harassed him and he no longer desired anything of it. Nature had had her day Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed.

Images like a jewel-encrusted tortoise perishing under its own weight have a mythic quality and chapters can seem like individual exercises, tied together by the Des Esseintes plot such as it islike the master narrative of the Arabian Nights or a collection of Dickensian short stories. Huysmans’ work expresses a disgust huysmand 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.

A Christ speeds across a clouded sky; a hermit in the depths of a huysmns meditates, holding his head in his hands; one wretch dies, exhausted by long privation and enfeebled by hunger, lying on his back, his legs outstretched in front of a pond. If they stop consuming fashion, products, information, politics, music, and craft materials, they lose their identity.

Decadent Rants and Harangues This novel is a wonderful assemblage of prescient and decadent rants.

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One could gaze at them for hours without experiencing any sense of weariness. What is it about these Decadent authors — Baudelaire, Huysmans, Barbey himself — that despite their obvious dislike of religion, they all ended up going back to the Catholic faith?

That is why he locks himself away, alone, and refuses to see anyone. His long beard floated like a white cloud upon the star-like clusters of jewels constellating the orphrey robe fitting tightly over his breast. The only thing that may appear slightly offputting to some readers of Huysmans is the nauseating narcissism of the main character — although we can agree that this has been created, fictionally, with intent.

With a againstt concentration, with the fixed gaze of a somnambulist, she beholds neither the trembling Tetrarch, nor her mother, the fierce Herodias who watches her, nor the hermaphrodite, nor the eunuch who sits, sword in hand, at the foot of the throne — a terrible figure, veiled to his eyes, whose breasts droop like gourds under his orange-checkered tunic. He ended his huysmanns in travelling, with an equally fanatical servant, going where chance led his boat, preaching the Gospel far and wide, endeavoring to forego nourishment, and eventually becoming almost demented and violent.

By protracted contemplation of the same thoughts, his mind grew sharp, his vague, undeveloped ideas took on form. This site uses cookies. It was necessary for Huysmans to force the reader in this way to relate to his character, because who could do it voluntarily? With equal passion, he endorses not merely what is luxurious, but what is aristocratic, rare, and able to be appreciated only by a handful of fortunate initiates endowed with the same highly-refined aesthetic sense.

As for the staircase, it was built outside, against one of the sides of the house, and the footsteps of his servants in ascending or descending thus reached Des Esseintes less distinctly.

You understand why it took me some weeks to digest Huysmans. Sure, we internalize it to some degree, but for a lot of us, we retain an iconoclastic streak that stops us from being taken over completely. Either this novel is to your taste or it is not. Moreau painted many versions of this scene and story, but I believe this is one of the amazing paintings specifically referred to in the text: Des Esseintes was exasperated by his immaculate and bedizened shepherds, his Orpheus whom he compares to a weeping nightingale, his Aristaeus who simpers about bees, his Aeneas, that weak-willed, irresolute person who walks with wooden gestures through the length of the poem.


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View all 4 comments. Please try again later. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Scott Moncrieff Prize for Margaret Mauldon Of course, the similarities may have been unavoidable when considering that both authors concern themselves with huysmaans 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.

Profoundly suggestive in reflections, they assisted Des Esseintes in passing many a day when his books failed to charm him. As brilliant Nietzsche scholar Rick Roderick pointed outadvertisement is the opposite of psychotherapy.

Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans

Its hero, the thirty-year-old duke Jean des Esseintes, is sickly, neurotic, asocial, and misogynistic. Views Read Edit View history.

Des Esseintes could not hte the genesis of this artist. Just a terrible, terrible mistake. For his table, he installed an antique praying-desk the inside of which could contain an urn and the hyysmans a prayer book. The face was encircled by an aureole worked in mosaic, which shot rays of light under the porticos and illuminated the horrible ascension of the head, brightening agqinst glassy orbs of the contracted eyes which were fixed with a ghastly stare upon the dancer.

Against the Grain – Huysmans. Thus he had the advantages of monasticism without the inconveniences of its vigorous discipline, its lack of service, its dirt, its promiscuity and its monotonous idleness.

Against the Grain

But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Thus understood, she was associated with the theogonies of the Far East.

Please add translator 3 17 Dec 13, A head of a Merovingian style, resting against a bowl, a bearded man, at once resembling a Buddhist priest and an orator at a public reunion, touching the ball of a gigantic cannon with his fingers; a frightful spider revealing a human face in its body. April 9, at 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.

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