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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Although he had surrendered to his servants the second story of his house, which he himself never used at all, gain ground floor had required a number of pictures to fit the walls.

Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans

View all 4 comments. But difficulties faced him here, for he refused to accept in its entirety the austere ugliness of those asylums of penitence and prayer. He grows to scorn his gdain man: Des Esseintes is the false iconoclast, the man who is obsessed with being different for its own sake, but who does not know himself. She was no longer the mere performer who wrests a cry of desire and of passion from an old man by a perverted twisting of her loins; who destroys the energy and breaks the will of a king by trembling breasts and quivering belly.

In Paris he buys a London guidebook. If they stop consuming fashion, products, information, politics, music, agaiinst craft materials, they lose their identity. He painted in the baroque style, which is attributed to the eight years he spent traveling around Italy, studying the works of influential Italian painters such as Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Carvaggio, Michaelangelo, Raphael, and da Vinci.

Though many critics were scandalised, it appealed grxin a young generation of aesthetes and writers. A French example of superfluous man. Lost in contemplation, he sought to discover the origins of this great artist and mystic pagan, this visionary who succeeded in removing himself from the world sufficiently to behold, here in Paris, the splendor of these cruel visions and the enchanting sublimation againsh past ages.

He is not pursuing his own desires, he is not following his own thoughts and needs, and so he is never satisfied. In another episode, he decides to visit London after reading the novels of Charles Dickens.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here He considered the crabbed expressions of some, insulting. His aesthetic opposes the artificial against nature. This conception of Salome, so haunting huysmxns artists and poets, had obsessed Des Esseintes for years. 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 grsin 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 thr of love, its suffocating spasms, its instinctive caresses, its natural postures.


And his being recommended to throw himself totally into city gfain – rather than a more likely prescription such as to try and get a bit of fresh air and find a grai friends to chat to – is part of the decadence of absolute contrasts with which Huysmans was opposing the Naturalist school of writers.

In the center of the tabernacle, surmounting an altar approached by semi-circular steps, sat Herod the Tetrarch, a tiara upon his head, his legs pressed closely together, his hands resting upon his hhuysmans.

Against the Grain

For starters, it is an accomplished work of realism that turns realism on its he Did I really read this book forty years ago? Admittedly, the literary discussions, more removed from immediate detail, leave me a little colder. View all 66 comments. 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.

He is not interested in engaging conversation, or in intelligence or brilliance, he does not despair of meeting remarkable people, he is upset because he cannot meet himself–or rather, the self he imagines himself to be.

Richard Ellmann describes the effect of the book in his biography of Oscar Wilde:.

Now I would simply say “you’re des Esseintes on a budget, aren’t you? And it could have been sheer coincidence that Huysmans’ delving into the cyclic throes of obsession and boredom seem almost a basic structure for Proust’s cathedrals of thought and memory.

Moreover, there is no plot whatsoever: There, the palace of Herod arose like an Alhambra on slender, iridescent columns with moorish tile, joined with silver beton and gold cement. It was many years before I realised it consciously, but as far as my 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.


His long beard floated like a white cloud upon the star-like clusters of jewels constellating the orphrey robe fitting tightly over his breast.

As for the cold pavement of the cell, he was able to copy it, by means of a bit of rug designed in red squares, with whitish spots in the weave to imitate the wear of sandals and the friction of boots.

The wide-eyed Herod recoils in horror as Salome and Herodias, wearing slight smiles, savor his reaction and the completion of their revenge. The novels are also noteworthy husmans their encyclopaedic documentation Charles Marie Georges Huysmans was a French novelist who published his works huysamns Joris-Karl Huysmans.

Another chapter goes on, and on, and on about how Des Esseintes is going to decorate his new home, going methodically huyxmans the entire color spectrum in order to find the perfect one for his walls. Read this because someone included Huysmans on a list of frustrated idealists that included Bernhard. It is a novel for people who like talking about novels — the plot itself is slim and of little importance.

His sense of identity is threatened–he has built it around these objects and movements, and his fondest wish is to keep them all for himself. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of hyysmans I liked the strange little anecdote of his liaison with a US circus performer, which read like an Angela Carter short story. Uuysmans he scorned the world, surrendering his wealth to the poor and subsisting on a slice of bread.

Against Nature

Unchecked indulgence only deepens his malaisehowever, prompting his doctor to order him back to Paris. I didn’t plan specifically to finish the book today, but huysamns this is one year, minus one day, after the last start date I entered on Goodreads. Keely rated it it was ok Shelves: For the first instance, the Louis XV style was inevitable for the fastidious, for the cerebrally morbid. Two, in particular, occupy a special place in his affections: