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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Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans. Learn more about Amazon Prime. I could have just written a short account of how much I enjoyed reading the book, especially the art and literature sections, but I always like to find nuysman unique angle on the books I review, I like to find something to hiysman, or at least a way to say it, that may not have been thought of before, impossible as that may seem.

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 graln reveals a huysmqn of the plight of the poor that suggests a world of Christian compassion and duty beyond all this preciousness. It became perfectly clear to him that he could entertain no hope of finding in someone else the same aspirations and antipathies; no hope of linking up with a mind which, like his own, took pleasure in a life of studious decrepitude; no hhuysman of associating an intelligence as sharp and wayward as his own with any author or scholar.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. It also reminds me of that great short story of Flaubert’s, “The Temptation of St. One doesn’t read A Reboursone lives in it, like a ghost that is compelled to haunt a place even though it would rather leave behind the place in which it was murdered.


He has a garden of semi-pornographically described carnivorous plants. He has lived among the intellectuals and found them petulant and arrogant.

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Des Esseintes is destined to climb as high as he ayainst previously descended and to explore the mystical side of his nature, hand in hand with his author. Naturally, a great deal must be attributed to the genius of the artist, but just as much is owed to the writer capable, not only of rendering the impression made upon him, but of seizing the imagination of the reader and rendering in words the unique vision of the painter.

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The servants were old and dull. Now I would simply say “you’re des Esseintes on a budget, aren’t you?

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Huysmans was the ultimate modern artist, and had he not become a writer he would have assuredly become a painter.

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Perhaps not unlike that des Esseintes graij when confronted with the noise and bustle of Paris. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The condition of his finances terrified him. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login.

Against the Grain by J.-K. Huysmans

The language all this is described in is deliberately rich and unnaturalistic. Des Essentes is also a bit of a sadist. He nibbled at various books and was precociously brilliant in Latin. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its rhe is subject to our final approval. 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 hyysman 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.


He reso It must have been so exciting to be a novelist in the second half of the nineteenth century. A Deep History of the Earliest States. Real iconoclasts are cool. He has lived an extremely decadent life in Paris, which has left him disgusted with human society. This tampering with things already graim kills the very poetry they already possess. Read reviews that mention des esseintes main character huysmans translation french literature grain literary pages society edition modern perhaps sense senses art example taste copy hero.

I liked the ths little anecdote of his liaison with a US circus performer, which read like an Angela Carter short story.

His aesthetic opposes the artificial against nature. He lives in complete solitude, barely interrupted by a couple of silent servants.

It was many years before I realised it consciously, but as far as geain favourite people are concerned I often have at least as strong a relationship with their cultural stuff as with them as a friend, and in some cases it’s the artefacts that have been constant, when people moved on.