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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This was not nearly as much fun as his huysmwns and sexy Satan-worshippers novel, “The Damned,” which I read earlier this year – but this book, in its own way was just as good. If this had been a send-up of such a joris-kkarl fool, it could have proven a remarkable and wondrous work–it worked well enough for Carlyle, Cervantes, and Sterne–but, though there are certainly moments of irony and contradiction throughout, overall, the message seems to be that Des Esseintes is meant to be taken in earnest–that we are meant somehow to respect or find interesting the cobbles of his life, his scattered opinions, his false identity.

Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans

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Against Nature (A Rebours)

Sure, some gets in, but our defenses keep a lot out. Dec 06, Steven Godin rated it liked it Shelves: We are reminded of this shit every day by books, movies, adverts, and assholes on the bus. I’m not a great reader of introductions unless they are by the author – or the translator in the case of translated works. The hipsters are right: He sits and recites opinions he already holds, and fearing disappointment, seeks nothing new. He has a garden of semi-pornographically described carnivorous plants.


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Against Nature

The book is not unlike a laundry list: Huysmans initially tried to placate him by claiming the book was still in the Naturalist style and that Des Esseintes’s opinions and tastes were not his own.

Joris-akrl governs a life’s philosophy with the desire to subvert, and even supersede, nature. Rebousr the Name o He may be jorisk-arl easy to hate and be disgusted with as easily as he hates and is disgusted with everything beyond his luxuriously painted and perfumed bower, but he does have some measure of taste that one cannot help but take note of, and perhaps even sympathize with.

Specifically, he hangs two Moreau renderings of Salome who danced before Herod to procure the head of John the Baptist for her mother in his sanctuary. Des Esseintes is a decadent, ailing aristocrat who retreats to an isolated villa where he indulges his taste for luxury and excess. Still, the semblances are striking, although the differences forbid any possible thoughts of one author relying too heavily on the other.

Fumaroli had seen the same parallel I had – though I found only that single reference to Stevenson’s work in the entire forty pages. I remember on first seeing his flat struggling to describe how amazed I was and that it was like something I’d always tried to imagine, actually brought to life He quietly returns home, “having seen what he wanted to experience” — and feeling the fatigue of a long journey.

Initially it was unexpected but really it fits very well here: Translated by Donald Davie [10].

Feb 24, Pages. He was shown, too, a sled picturesquely placed on a snow-white bearskin, a library of rare books in suitably-coloured bindings and the remains of an unfortunate tortoise whose shell had been coated with gold paint.

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He considered the crabbed expressions of some, insulting. At the very moment that Wilde was falling in with social patterns, he was confronted with a book which even in its title defied them. Cambridge University Press, pp. Jooris-karl The huysmams you want at the lowest prices. He feels no need to venture into the world when there are exotic sea salt baths available in Paris, a fountain can sound like a flowing spring, and foreign wines age fashionably in his cellar.


Painting and the Novel. That ancient portrait revealed a very decadent looking individual with a sly, vulpine look on his narrow face.

Anything huyssmans popular with anyone else is out — Huysmmans gets taken down from his walls for being not obscure enough. The world will never know. If I did read it, I was completely wrong in my evaluation of this as a static, effete precursor to “Dorian Gray,” a work marooned in the vanished aesthetic of the late nineteenth century.

Quotes from Against Nature. Call this the Des Esseintes perfectionist strain in me.

This makes two amendments in jrois-karl. 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.

Michel Houellebecq, Marcel Proust. I’m 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. As brilliant Nietzsche scholar Rick Roderick pointed outadvertisement is the opposite of psychotherapy. For what could [I] hope, if not new disillusionments?

However alone and unobserved he may be, his likes and dislikes are defined by an outside culture which he claims to have rejected, but which seems to rule his every thought. The extra weight on the creature’s back causes its death. The whole situation is summed up in the fact that, when he thinks on the horror of being forced to return to society, he laments that he will not be able to meet any men like himself, men who share his opinions.

Keely rated it it was ok Shelves: Lists with This Book. And the chapter on perfume.