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 [J. K. Huysmans] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. À rebours (translated into English as Against Nature or Against the. Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans ( – ) was a French novelist who published his works as J.K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans. Huysmans’ work is considered.

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Like other Northern European seventeenthth-century artists, Luyken often employed text with his engravings. 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.

The wide-eyed Herod recoils in horror as Salome and Herodias, wearing slight smiles, savor his reaction and the completion of their revenge. Two, in particular, occupy a special place in his affections: And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. Quotes from Against Nature.

When I finished, I wanted to faceplant into straight bleach with my eyes open. Painting and the Novel.

Against Nature

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.

And the chapter on perfume.

About Miss Darcy’s Library I love books – buying books, reading books, discussing books, and generally admiring them from all angles except the e-book. Sensitive to the remotest affinities, he would often use a term that by analogy suggested at once form, scent, colour, quality, and brilliance, to indicate a creature or thing to which he would have had to attach a host of different epithets in order to bring out all its various aspects and qualities, if it had merely been referred to by its technical name.


Read this because someone included Huysmans on a list of frustrated idealists that included Bernhard. The stones grow warm, outlining the woman’s body with incandescent rays, striking her neck, feet and arms with tongues of fire, — vermilions like coals, violets like jets of gas, blues like flames of alcohol, and whites like star light.

Rather suits this book in fact. It is not like reading a treatise of William Morris’ and coming to understand a particular aesthetic of how a book should be bound and why–it is a mere litany of excess, the dull and trashy kind of overspending which marks the parvenu.

Although he experienced no inclination for the state of grace, he felt a genuine sympathy for those souls immured in monasteries, persecuted by a vengeful society which can forgive neither the merited scorn with which it inspires them, nor the desire to expiate, to atone by long silences, for the ever growing shamelessness of its ridiculous or trifling gossipings.

The epigraph to the novel is a quotation from the Flemish mystic Jan van Ruusbroec: Of course, the 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.

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If I have a single reproach, a single regret, it is that Huysmans did not devote as much time and attention to the subject of music as he did to that of literature. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Des Esseintes could not trace the genesis of this artist.


The thing is he has consumed enough to know what he doesn’t like and to be able to discriminate. I chose this translation by John Howard since the audiobook is available through LibriVox available on-line, free-of-charge.

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Novels by Joris-Karl Huysmans. Facebook Twitter Email Print. His church tapers were made of real wax, procured from a special house which catered exclusively to houses of worship, for Des Esseintes professed a sincere repugnance to gas, oil and ordinary candles, to all modern forms of illumination, so gaudy and brutal.

The long description of Luyken and his work reveals much about his significance to Des Esseintes. What have they to look forward to? The tall lotus had disappeared, the goddess had vanished; a frightful nightmare now stifled the woman, dizzied by the whirlwind of the dance, hypnotized and petrified by terror. There is one telling and disturbing episode in the book in which the aesthete literally tries to improve on nature, a living thing, specifically a large turtle, by encrusting its shell will precious jewels.

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He paints his pet tortoise gold and studs its shell with precious stones. I have learned an enormous amount from reading it. Incomprehensible successes had permanently ruined books and paintings for him which he had previously held dear; faced with widespread public approbation, he ended up discovering imperceptible flaws in works, and rejecting them….

Huymans views his protagonist with devastating irony, particularly in the frequent juxtaposition of grandiose schemes with physical illnesses and practical and psychological failings.