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Joris-Karl Huysmans
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Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Des Esseintes, the protagonist (and basically the only character) of this book, is a man of noble descent who has tried everything in life: he has mingled with the frivolous and found them vulgar and empty-headed. He has lived among the intellectuals and found them petulant and arrogant. He is tired of life, especially in these (his) vulgar and superficial times.

s Huysmans (US: /wiːsˈmɒ̃s/, French: ; 5 February 1848 – 12 May 1907) was a French novelist and art critic who published his works as Joris-Karl Huysmans.

s Huysmans (US: /wiːsˈmɒ̃s/, French: ; 5 February 1848 – 12 May 1907) was a French novelist and art critic who published his works as Joris-Karl Huysmans (pronounced, variably abbreviated as J. K. or . He is most famous for the novel À rebours (1884, published in English as Against the Grain or Against Nature). He supported himself by a 30-year career in the French civil service.

by. Joris-Karl Huysmans. That is the trap into which Des Esseintes falls in Huysmans' experimental novel, called A Rebours in the French, variously translated in English as Against the Grain or Against Nature. Des Esseintes is the false iconoclast, the man who is obsessed with being different for its own sake, but who does not know himself.

Joris-Karl), 1848-1907. University of Ottawa.

Joris-Karl Huysmans, French writer whose major novels epitomize . Huysmans was the only son of a French mother and a Dutch father.

Joris-Karl Huysmans, French writer whose major novels epitomize successive phases of the aesthetic, spiritual, and intellectual life of late 19th-century France. At 20 he began a long career in the Ministry of the Interior, writing. At 20 he began a long career in the Ministry of the Interior, writing many of his novels on official time (and notepaper). rebours (1884; Against the Grain), Huysmans’s best-known novel, relates the experiments in aesthetic decadence undertaken by the bored survivor of a noble line.

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French novelist who published his works as Joris-Karl Huysmans. He is most famous for the novel À rebours (Against Nature).

JORIS-KARL HUYSMANS was born in Paris in 1848, the only son of a French mother and a Dutch father. After a childhood saddened by his father’s death and his mother’s speedy remarriage, he became a junior clerk in the Ministry of the Interior, where he remained for thirty-two years. When peace returned he went back to the Ministry, and three years later published his first book, Le Drageoir à épices (1874), a collection of prose-poems after Baudelaire.

Against the Grain (A Rebours). by Joris-Karl Huysmans. 1884 Standard Book Number: 436-22190-3 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 77-81802. The best-known example of fin-de-siècle decadence, this novel has been banned and expurgated for years. Manufactured in the United States of America Dover Publications, Inc. 180 Varick Street New York, .

Extrait: "A en juger par les quelques portraits conservés au château de Lourps, la famille des Floressas des Esseintes avait été, au temps jadis, composée d'athlétiques soudards, de rébarbatifs reîtres. Serrés, à l'étroit dans leurs vieux cadres qu'ils barraient de leurs fortes épaules, ils alarmaient avec leurs yeux fixes, leurs moustaches en yatagans, leur poitrine dont l'arc bombé remplissait l'énorme coquille des cuirasses"
  • Des Esseintes, the protagonist (and basically the only character) of this book, is a man of noble descent who has tried everything in life: he has mingled with the frivolous and found them vulgar and empty-headed. He has lived among the intellectuals and found them petulant and arrogant. He is tired of life, especially in these (his) vulgar and superficial times. So he sells a number of properties and buys a house in the countryside. His idea is to reject everything that is "natural" and concentrate on art and artifice. He lives in complete solitude, barely interrupted by a couple of silent servants. He spends much time choosing the colors, the furniture and the pictures for his house. Along the book we are witnesses to his tastes in a number of realms, such as painting, literature, flowers, perfumes and music. Sometimes it seems to be just a long catalogue of sophisticated, rare and decadent pieces. This book is a big fantasy of reclusion, of elegancy, of sophistication. Give yourself some time and be an eccentric for a day. If you read it with a sense of humor, you'll find an enjoyable piece of French décadentisme, certainly on the periphery of the Western Canon, but representative of a way to view life.
    Its atmosphere is very Gothic, gloomy, silent and full of beautiful things. The main character is a bit of a lunatic, but his bored and irritable personality has a touch of glamour. If you sometimes feel filled up with the world, if you sometimes fantasize about winning the lottery and then buying a big house full of the things you love, a place to retire and reject society and all its annoying and ugly characteristics, then you will find this book a very cool way of retiring from the world.

  • I read this book 20 years ago and still consider it one of my very favorites. It is so good to see that it is still in print. I'll just add a bit more to what the other reviewers at amazon have said. This book was a favorite of Picasso, and it's easy to understand why. Huysmans was the ultimate modern artist, and had he not become a writer he would have assuredly become a painter. Des Esseintes decorates the shell of a living tortoise with jewels and colored glass so that the light, reflected off the roving gems accentuates the colors of the room adding continuous and subtle variation. Now that is a sense of color! His heighten senses go further to invent new art forms: a perfume organ, for instance. Des Essentes is also a bit of a sadist. He conducts social experiments, turning innocent ordinary working class youths into criminals by cultivating within them a taste for luxury. By the way, if you can, try obtaining a copy of the book with Arthur Zaidenberg's illustrations; they are an exquisite addition. Huysmans other books are also worth reading, especially Down There (la-Bas), a book about 19th century French Satanism that nicely weaves stories about the extreme Medieval sadist, Gilles de Rais, whom Huysmans portrays as an aesthete much like Des Esseintes. Both books are gems.

  • A classic "novel"--though re-reading it this time, I was struck by the genre-blending that goes on in the text. It is best known ( I suppose) as the book that corrupts Wilde's Dorian Gray, and so as a portrait of decadence. Through the experiences and reveries of its main character the author presents an anthology of sensations and opinions, readings of other texts, of art and music…… all sorts of subjects.

  • ok

  • So many decadent themes. A great read.

  • It really doesn't surprise me that this novel has been reviewed by only one person at this site. What a statement about the reading patterns of present-day culture! From my teens through my twenties, I snatched up every Penguin Classic I could find on the bookshelves in NYC and San Francisco. I guess I just came up in a different literary milieu. This novel was one of the true gems that I encountered at that time. This is probably the seminal avante-garde novel. It's hero, Des Esseintes, is basted on Absinthe (or hashish) half the time and his life is one prolongued hallucination. The author takes the reader so intricately into the main character's life, that we are living alongside him, absorbed in his decadence. We are invited to his parties (which rival Trimalchio's), are absorbed in his fantasies (which rival Fellini's)and basically are tripping with him in his unique and solipsistic universe. Oscar Wilde described this as the strangest work of fiction he had ever come across. Though not a great Wilde fan, I couldn't agree with him more on that point.

  • Beware this is an expurgated version. It doesn't say so until the last page. Evidently the translator thought the homosexually-tinged "racy" bits were not worth reading (though he had no trouble including the heterosexual racy bits). I prefer to read everything in a book, and decide for myself.

  • One of the very great novels of all times. I had read it twice before, but my copy was falling apart. I learned more about aesthetics from this work than having lived for 76 years.