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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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: He supported himself by a year career in the French civil joris-marl.

If the hero of this novel had a more anglo-friendly name, it would be the byword for hyper-neurotic aesthete dandies, as Sherlock Holmes is in the world of detective. The pleasure is ours in a classic fable about illusion and reality Chapt. Nelson, Robert Jay By protracted contemplation of the same thoughts, his mind grew sharp, his vague, undeveloped ideas took on form.

Here, Huysmans has written the first example known train me of the novel where nothing happens. The problem is that he isn’t willing to admit that as a human being, not huysman robot, he must inevitably deal with nature in some way because he IS a part of nature, and that fact kind of puts a sad glaze on all of his ramblings on how beautiful “things” are.


It was a masterpiece of articiality.

A neglected art with only niche enthusiasts because it is a so fleeting and b completely dominated by commercialism. He reso It must have againsg so exciting to be a novelist in the second half of the nineteenth century. He believes he can create a world better than nature; indeed, “against nature” as the title suggests.

It does not really give him pleasure, it is just a way from him to avoid the world. There were some fawning and complacent people who pretended to consider him a great man, the reservoir of learning, the encyclopedic giant of the age. And these sections are as absolutely splendid as they should be.

An entire chapter is given over to various exotic scents and perfumes which grin Esseintes is trying to create. Huysmans is at his strongest in passages of sensual pleasure. Society is uncomfortable, it wants to invade that mind, to break the siege and to remake the person as a useful ant under the status quo. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Jan 24, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing. 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.


Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Something Huysmans says of another book of rants could apply equally to his own work: View all 13 comments.

Against the Grain (A Rebours), J.-K. Huysmans ()

Just a terrible, terrible mistake. As by way of example, here is Des Esseintes reflecting on two modern authors he enjoys: In hindsight, it is easy to see that Huysmans is on the road back to Rome. Or he may have spurned the work that occupies itself with trivial mundanities and contains not the slightest hint of elevated passions or feverish splendor. Jean des Esseintes is the last member of a powerful and once proud noble family.

Against the Grain by J.-K. Huysmans

View all 47 comments. These trappings invariably joris-larl down around him–they disappoint him, they do not live up to his hopes. A dense drug trip.