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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For while Proust is gorgeous and light and understanding of almost every nuance of the human condition, Huysmans is, well.

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As such, it’s a terribly useful record of cultural context, but fortunately the book’s pleasures extend beyond the academic and into sheer voluptuous descriptive prose. View all 21 comments. In Paris he buys a London guidebook.

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. Retrieved from ” https: For those who deem it a masterpiece, that’s understandable, for those who think it’s nothing more than nonsense, I could agree. 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.

It is a novel for people who like talking about novels — the plot itself is slim and of little importance. It’s a sad book, gorgeously written, one of my favorites.

Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans

What’s the Name o 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. The Mauldon translation doesn’t have such good reviews but I found it hypnotic from the first page, as the book should be.

So long as they’ve been around so for me really only since the early to hysmans ‘sI’ve always loved internet profiles full of great long lists of people’s tastes in everything. He is not content on just having a nice copy of a novel, but having it bound in a very particular rebkurs very expensive manner that complements his understanding of its philosophical aesthetic.

The thing is he has consumed enough to know what he doesn’t like and to be huysmns to discriminate. It scarcely rebougs theory at least—any exceptions to the rule; thus it limited itself to depicting common existence, and struggled, under the pretext of being true to life, to create characters who would be as close as possible to the average run of mankind.

As brilliant Nietzsche scholar Rick Roderick pointed outadvertisement is the opposite of psychotherapy. Admittedly, the literary discussions, more removed from immediate detail, leave me a little colder.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. But he must hurry to catch the London boat-train. As I scanned the pale grey italic font of this one, the huuysmans Jekyll and Hyde jumped out at me from the top of page thirty.

Images like a jewel-encrusted tortoise perishing under its own weight have joris-kalr mythic quality and chapters can seem like individual exercises, tied together by the Des Esseintes plot such as it islike the master narrative of the Hkysmans Nights or a collection of Dickensian short stories. Did I really read this book forty years ago? Not only does he fail to see this, but his very obsession is like the turtle killing him. Clearly, artificiality is neither the problem nor the solution, but a mere cover-up for the real issues.

Here, Huysmans has written the first example known to me of the novel where nothing happens. It’s almost as if his subjectivism has become joriw-karl form of solipsism. Real iconoclasts are cool.

They change the world, they have an ineffable magnetism. Please add translator 3 17 Dec 13, Read it Forward Read it first. He was shown, too, a sled picturesquely placed on a snow-white bearskin, a library of rare rebouurs in suitably-coloured bindings and the remains of an unfortunate tortoise whose shell had been coated with gold paint. So what can redeem this reboyrs and sickly creature, fully equipped with a rebougs fortune, disgust with the jorus-karl of the human race, and access to the whole range of what culture, from the loftiest of heights to the most depraved in his day, at least of lows and everything that mixes that two, has to offer?

Scott Moncrieff Prize for Margaret Mauldon He may be as 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.

That unwholesome mix of artificiality posing as the real thing is fully expressed in the prose itself, metaphors that gebours bother to limit themselves to one side of the equation and fully immerse themselves in delight and disgust. Huysmans predicted his novel would be a failure with the public and critics: Des Esseintes is the false iconoclast, the man who is obsessed with being different for its own sake, but who does not know himself.

This is a deep, rich work, and–although it is a classic representative of the fin joris-kaarl siecle–it transcends its age and has the ability to speak to ours as well.


The book’s plot is said to have dominated the action of Dorian, causing him to live an amoral life of sin and hedonism.

And his being recommended to throw himself totally into city life – rather than a more likely prescription such as to try and get a bit of fresh air and find a few friends to chat to – is part of the decadence of absolute contrasts with which Huysmans was opposing the Naturalist school of writers. Closely arrayed, side by side, in the old frames which their broad shoulders filled, they startled one with the fixed gaze of their eyes, their fierce moustaches and the chests whose deep curves filled the enormous shells of their cuirasses.

How to rebuild a carburetor? The act of doing this kills the creature, and Des Esseintes, for all his supposed poetic intelligence utterly fails to be moved by this or see the irony in his actions other than to be miffed that his plan was dashed.

For what could [I] hope, if not new disillusionments? And whilst I am, thank goodness, not so impossibly fussy as d’E, I can certainly hear my younger self – or myself as I might be if trapped for too long in the wrong place – in his elitist frustrations “Did he know one man capable of appreciating? We are experiencing technical difficulties. Nature had had her day Lloyd James Flammarion, p. Each chapter has a theme: Other senses, too, get close examination.

Huysmans is at his strongest in passages of sensual pleasure. Artifice against Nature Joris-arl consequence of Des E’s lifestyle is that, the more he discriminates, the more he moves away from other people, until eventually he lives an almost hermit-like existence on the outskirts of Paris, surrounded only by the objets of his own immaculate taste and artifice.

A rebours by Joris-Karl Huysmans

Articles with short description Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references Articles with LibriVox links Wikipedia articles with BNF identifiers. This fall is in fact all the narrative consists of, though the narrative occupies less than a quarter of the book.

I could have just written a short account of how much I enjoyed reading the book, especially the art and literature sections, but I always like to find a unique angle on the books I review, I like to find something to say, or at least a way to say it, that may not have been thought of before, impossible as that may seem.