Against the Grain by Joris-Karl Huysmans. The Ultimate Example of “Decadent” Literature Translated by John Howard. Against Nature or Against the Grain. À rebours (translated into English as Against Nature or Against the Grain) () is a novel by the French writer Joris-Karl Huysmans. Its narrative concentrates. The Project Gutenberg EBook of Against The Grain, by Joris-Karl Huysmans This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no.

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His heighten senses go further to invent new art forms: Sure, we internalize it to some degree, but for a lot of us, we retain an iconoclastic streak that stops us from being taken over completely. No experience is too perverse for him and he seeks out every extreme. He doesn’t get any better joris-kqrl the course huysamns the book; he is as capable of dwelling on the most beautiful of conjectures in full possession of his educated faculties, as he is of condemning the smallest aspect of life with all the spite and bigotry a human could possibly muster.

March Learn how and when to remove this template message. Veering between nervous excitability and debilitating ennui, he gluts his aesthetic appetites with classical literature and art, exotic jewels with which he fatally encrusts the shell of his tortoiserich perfumes, and a kaleidoscope of sensual experiences. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! My own interest in Decadence begins with the fantastic proto-surrealist work of Symbolist painters like Odilon Redon and Gustave Moreau, both of whose paintings are of special importance to Des Essientes.

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. We are also provided exquisite detail of, among other luxurious, lavish, plush, extravagant belongings, his vast library of rare books, ancient and modern, and his marvelous collection of paintings and prints.


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Decadent Rants and Harangues This novel is a wonderful assemblage of prescient and decadent rants. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Showing of 19 reviews. The hipsters are right: A neglected art with only niche enthusiasts because it is a so fleeting and b completely dominated by commercialism.

Well, I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like it, nor have I encountered a character as oddly loveable and annoying as Againsg Esseintes. Now, where did I leave those liquor truffles!

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Still, the semblances are striking, although the qgainst forbid any possible thoughts of one author relying too heavily on the other. His idea is to reject everything that is “natural” and concentrate on art and artifice.

Admittedly, the literary discussions, more removed from immediate detail, leave me a little colder.

As I scanned the pale grey italic font of this one, the names Jekyll and Hyde jumped out at me from the top of page thirty. Jun 22, Annie rated it did not like it Shelves: This is probably the seminal avante-garde novel.

What strength is left to him he expends obsessing over art, literature, design, and even gardening, in dissertations on artificiality and garish morbid splendor that compose most of the book. You understand why it took me some weeks to digest Huysmans. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Mostly a catalogue of art, books, and music the main dude likes. View all 28 comments. Rather suits this book in fact. When society takes a movement and sells it back to us, the ideas are the first things stripped out.

April 8, at 7: Wilde agaist not the only one who saw a kindred spirit in Huysmans: You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. So my axis is basically opposite to that of des Esseintes: Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Its narrative concentrates almost entirely on its principal character, and is mostly a catalogue of the tastes and inner life of Jean Des Esseintes, an eccentric, reclusive aesthete and antihero, who loathes 19th century bourgeois society and tries to retreat into an ideal artistic world of his own creation.


We are then told that for several generations the des Esseintes family married their cousins so that Jean, the final member of the clan, is a particularly anaemic ghe, who, as a result of some curious atavistic phenomenon, resembles most closely his sly and vulpine looking forebear.

You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. In doing so, it broke from Naturalism and became the ultimate example of ” decadent ” literature.

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. Des Esseintes is destined to climb as high as he had previously descended and to explore the mystical side of his nature, hand in hand with his author.

Anyway, I enjoyed reading this, and although I found it dull through many spots, these duller bits were consistently blown away by the superexceptional gems that stud the slow and plotless turtle shell of this “story.

Each book Des Esseintes mentions is described by its color, the make of its binding, the type of dye used, the provenance of the ink within, the typeset, but all this detail is to no purpose.

Fumaroli had seen the same parallel I had – though I found only that single reference to Stevenson’s work in the entire forty pages.