The infamous inspiration for the novel which slowly corrupts Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray is translated by Robert Baldick with an introduction by. : Against Nature: A Rebours (Oxford World’s Classics) ( ): Joris-Karl Huysmans, Nicholas White, Margaret Mauldon: Books. Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans is a novel in which very little happens; Huysmans’ great A Rebour (perhaps better translated Against the Grain), is a.

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Des Esseintes is the false iconoclast, the man who is obsessed with being different for its own sake, but who does not know himself. The language all this is described in is deliberately rich and unnaturalistic.

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It is a novel for people who like talking about novels — the plot itself is slim and of little importance. We are reminded of this shit every day by books, movies, adverts, and assholes on the bus.

Apr 01, Rebougs rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, when they met in July, Zola told Huysmans that the book had been a “terrible blow to Naturalism” and accused him of “leading the school astray” rdbours “burning [his] boats with such a book”, claiming that “no type of literature was possible in this genre, exhausted by a single volume”.

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Even in its less beautiful attributes, which I’d long forgotten about and was initially saddened by. They are rampant consumers, early-adopters rebohrs are constantly looking for new ways to spend their money because as soon as other people start liking what they like, they have to dump it all and buy new stuff.

Against Nature

He builds a new home for himself with the intent of isolation, and jotis-karl much exists within his own material possessions, compl Well, I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like it, nor have I encountered a character as oddly loveable and annoying as Des Esseintes. He quietly returns home, “having seen what he wanted to experience” — and feeling the fatigue of a long journey. Lloyd James Flammarion, p. After all, what platitudinous limitations she imposes, like a tradesman specializing in a single line of business; what petty-minded restrictions, like a shopkeeper stocking one article to the exclusion of all others; what a joirs-karl store of meadows and trees, what a commonplace display of mountains and seas!

Hyusmans pursuit of idealized artistic perfection is almost fetishistic in its insistence on completeness. Towards the end, Des E proclaims, “I am certainly on the road to recovery. When I finished, I wanted to faceplant into straight bleach with my eyes open.


Quotes from Against Nature. Jorris-karl thinking about that Russian protagonist who wouldn’t get up out bed, the name will come back to me at some point, probably in the middle of the night.

This is one of those books that you will either love or hate, and whatever reason you would have for either reaction I would completely understand and accept as valid.

As we are stuck with Des Esseintes for the whole duration of the book, It would certainly be beneficial to take him to heart, however I loved and loathed him in equal measures. Of course, as they observe, blasphemy reading “against joris-arl as “against god” only has real meaning from one who joris-karll at root a believer.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Perhaps not unlike that des Esseintes experiences when confronted with the noise and bustle of Paris. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Joris-Karl Huysmans, who no doubt has a great pedigree for writing, joris-,arl take the reader to far off places in the mind, there are episodes which are so arrestingly parabolic that they stand out when looking back at the text.

In another episode, he decides to visit London after reading the novels of Charles Dickens. He becomes an eccentric dandy.

Huysmans even gives des Esseintes an interest in chemical experiments just as Dr Jekyll had, and he is passionate about poisonous plants and all sorts of esoteric theories and practices. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

When society takes reboura movement and sells it back to us, the ideas are the first things stripped out. Want to Read saving….

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He believes he can create a world better than nature; indeed, “against nature” as the title suggests. The epigraph to the novel is a quotation from the Flemish mystic Jan huyysmans Ruusbroec: Jun 22, Annie rated it did not like it Shelves: Huysmans [Huysmans converted or reverted to Catholicism in Although my own life and level of wealth differs greatly from Des Esseintes, I can see part of rebkurs in his immersion in the worlds of art and literature and his absolute revulsion for much of the general run of society and its coarse values as I write this I have a mental picture of a smirking potbellied husband and his obese wife in their white pants and gold chains waddling into a Las Vegas casino.

It’s a sad book, gorgeously written, one of my favorites. This is the story of an obsessive looking for order, huysmanns describing that order and creating some kind of dogmatic unifying principle around it. At other times he will think on qualities of pieces that at his point in time had not yet been composed, accrediting his thoughts that those who concern themselves with certain ideals will not find themselves content with the current age.


I have learned an enormous amount from reading it. This cerebral clinic where, vivisecting in a stifling atmosphere, that spiritual surgeon became, as soon as his attention flagged, a prey to an imagination which evoked, like delicious miasmas, somnambulistic and angelic apparitions, was to Des Esseintes a source of unwearying conjecture. Since this book haunts me, and now that I’m recognizing it as an unsung precursor to the modern novel, I’ve elevated it to my favorites shelf.

He reminds me of a sinister, less naive Evgeny Onegin, or a sickly Pechorin. The main dude, also, is extraneurotic, extraordinarily rich, aestheticized to the extreme, and willfully isolated from the world.

Against Nature (A Rebours)

Frail, sickly des Esseintes has dissipated a good rebour of his inheritance on various kinds of vice there is a memorable passage early on about the mirrors in his bedroom. 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 rdbours aspects and qualities, if it had merely been referred to by its technical name.

The ideal novel for people who hate novels. For what could [I] hope, if not new disillusionments? Scott Moncrieff Prize for Margaret Mauldon His aesthetics are a replacement for faith, which explains why his house is filled with religious iconography repurposed into furnishings for his museum to himself–and yet, not himself, for throughout the text, though he spends his fortune to pursue every idea which seems to him easing at the time, none of it satisfies him–indeed, it drives him jois-karl, makes him sick, destroys him.

Huysmanz telling anyone, he retreats to a house in the countryside.

Society attacks them in all the standard ways: Oct 31, Sinem A. This fall is in fact all the narrative consists of, though the narrative occupies less than a quarter of the book. Another chapter goes on, and on, and on about how Des Esseintes is going to decorate his new home, going methodically through the entire color spectrum in order to find the perfect one for his walls.