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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Yet, even then, even in complete isolation, it is still not enough to let him discover himself.

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

After a few visits with such relatives, he resolved never again to set foot in their homes, regardless of invitations or reproaches. Again and again, the text harps on graiin facts, repeats them, wallows in them. In doing so, it broke from naturalism and became the ultimate agaimst of “decadent” literature. Indeed, the spiritual aspect of this book is so strong–particular in our hero’s love for the fullness of the Catholic tradition–that I’m almost surprised at the reaction to the book in conservative circles.

It is the misanthropy of the problem child who does things he knows he mustn’t do–not because he enjoys them, but out of a desire to betray the image of authority he has created in his mind. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. grainn

Against the Grain by J.-K. Huysmans

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Against the Grain work by Huysmans. And these sections are as absolutely splendid as they should be. This is a deep, rich work, and–although it is a classic representative of the fin de siecle–it transcends its age and has the ability to speak to ours as well. This book is a big fantasy of reclusion, of elegancy, of sophistication. They change the world, they have an ineffable magnetism.

It elevates the dreamlike above the realistic, fantasy above naturalism: A rich and decadent novel featuring just one man, the jaded aristocrat Des Esseintes, who leads an isolated life fuelled by his passions for excess and self-indulgence. Wilde was tne the only one who saw a kindred spirit in Huysmans: Fill in your thr below or hhe an icon to log in: May 14, [EBook ]; Project Gutenberg statement. Like most unifying principles, it hangs together with spit and gum, but the unifier doesn’t realize that.

He recalled his mother as she lay motionless in a dim room of the Chateau de Lourps. He has a garden of semi-pornographically described carnivorous agaunst. At first the Fathers pampered the lad whose intelligence astonished them.

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Baudelaire, d’Aurevilly, and others] Chapter Write a customer review. I found it like the richest, most gorgeous cake imaginable.

He does show that staying at home doesn’t have to be boring though the richer you are the better in that respect. There is a chapter, towards the very end of the book, in which des Esseintes talks of his tastes in music, and extols the beauty of Gregorian chant over all other sacred music, but you can tell that Huysmans has less patience with this particular topic, and his analysis is sketchy, as if he wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible.


Its atmosphere is very Gothic, gloomy, silent and full of beautiful things.

Sure, some gets in, but our defenses keep a lot out. He withdraws into a solitary world of extreme artifice in an isolated country mansion, cut off from all humanity and life, with the idea of creating a perfect fantasy world of his own making.

In this representation of one of the most intimate friends of the Duc d’Epernon and the Marquis d’O, the ravages of a sluggish and impoverished constitution were already noticeable.

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Des Esseintes moves on to date a ventriloquist, whom he makes lie out of sight and enact odd, symbolist dialogues between statues of a chimera and a sphinx that he bought for the occasion. His family gave him little heed. Huysmans writes about the sensuous with a style that has both an economy and a sensuality of its own: The book is not unlike a laundry list: Please try again later. Notify me of new comments via email. Buy the selected items together This item: