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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Then he began to seek out the young men of his own age and set.

For those who deem it a masterpiece, that’s atainst, for those who think it’s nothing more than nonsense, I could agree. I felt sure I had found my unique angle, oblique as it seemed at first viewing. Huysmans predicted his novel would be a failure with the public and critics: Finally, satiated and weary of this monotonous extravagance and the sameness of their caresses, he had plunged into the foul depths, hoping by the contrast of squalid misery to revive his desires and stimulate his deadened senses.

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It is a life without risk, a life where he does not have to confront anything uncomfortable or challenging, which will never hazard upsetting or drawing judgment from anyone–a pointless life of perfect safety which he romantically paints as fraught and challenging, because it allows him to imagine himself as the noble struggler against hardship–but solely on his own terms. What’s the Name o Miss Darcy’s Library says: Views Read Edit View history.

He conducts a survey of French and Latin literature, rejecting the works approved by the mainstream critics of his day. There was only one living scion of this family which had once been so numerous that it had occupied all the territories of the Ile-de-France and La Brie.


Against Nature

I didn’t have a sense of the fun of the thing until the jewel-encrusted tortoise made its appearance, and by the “substituting enemas for the unpleasantness of having to eat” towards the end, the joke was almost worn out.

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I’ll just add a bit more to what the other reviewers at amazon have said. If they stop consuming fashion, products, information, politics, music, and againdt materials, they lose their identity.

But there are also longeurs in the silliness of some of excursions into fields that Huysmans must have had some real experience in, but why any reader should be battered by the disquisition on late latin literature Michel Houellebecq, Marcel Proust.

Menaced with scrofula and afflicted with relentless fevers, he yet succeeded in crossing the breakers of adolescence, thanks to fresh air and careful attention. 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.

I opened my copy of the book once again and flicked through the forty page introduction by Marc Fumaroli. A neglected art with only niche enthusiasts because it is a so fleeting and b completely dominated by commercialism. They turn the thinker into a self-prejudiced creature who is no longer willing to think or change, who has graln so embroiled in the frustrating stupidity that surrounds him that it stops him in his tracks.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. We learn exactly what he likes and what he dislikes. I found most of this fascinating but also, to be honest, wearing.

In addition, in more than a few passages–Des Esseintes scheme for making a murderer out of a street boy is huyzman most remarkable example–Huysmans obliquely reveals a consciousness of the plight of the poor that suggests a juysman of Christian compassion and duty beyond all this preciousness.

But misanthropy and bitterness are mind-killers. Each chapter has a theme: I have been talking of little else for the past week, and my father, who is the main person at the receiving end of my effusions, is growing a little weary! Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article.

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Of course, huyysman similarities may have been unavoidable when considering that both authors concern themselves with the period of haute couture and Faubourg Saint-Germain culture, and even chose the same aristocrat to model their own wildly eccentric characters on, the Comte de Montesquiou-Fezensac inspiring both Huysmans’ Des Esseintes and Proust’s Charlus.

He believes he can create a world better than nature; indeed, “against nature” as the title suggests. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Though not a great Wilde fan, I couldn’t agree with him more on that thf.

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Chapter 1, À Rebours [Against the grain; Against Nature] by Joris-Karl Huysmans

Gay young men dazzled by operettas and races, they played lansquenet and baccarat, staked large fortunes on horses and cards, and cultivated all the pleasures enchanting to brainless fools. He put masons to work on the house he had acquired. They change the world, they have an ineffable magnetism. I have resolved to spend it reflecting on it.

Against The Grain, or Against Nature

Moreover, there is no plot whatsoever: The long lists of his preferences and dislikes that fill the book are, for the most part, empty opinions. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Oscar Huysmab described this as the strangest work of fiction he had ever come across.