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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Thank You for Your Contribution! Well worth it, especially for the plush, precise, agianst turns of the language, multi-phrase pile-ups on the Trans-European Translation Expressway.

It was a pile of Gothic trappings whose sheer weight broke through the roof of the old church to lay agaimst in a shambles on the floor. He feels no need to venture into the world when there are exotic sea salt baths available in Paris, a fountain can sound like a flowing spring, and foreign wines age fashionably in his cellar.

The horrible head blazes, bleeding constantly, clots of sombre purple on the ends of the beard and hair. View all 16 comments. This is the arched, over-the-top language a reader will find on every page. Montesquiou’s furnishings bear a strong resemblance to those in Des Esseintes’s house:.

The wide-eyed Herod recoils in horror as Salome and Herodias, wearing slight smiles, savor his reaction and the completion of their revenge. Again and again, huysmahs text harps on these facts, repeats them, wallows in them.

Want to Read saving…. The unexamined life is not worth living–which is why it destroys him. He was raised Catholic by his mother in Antwerp. 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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À rebours – Wikipedia

After all, what platitudinous limitations she imposes, like a tradesman specializing in a single line of business; what petty-minded restrictions, like a shopkeeper stocking one article to the exclusion of all others; what a monotonous store of meadows and trees, what a ghe display of mountains and seas! But neither Saint Matthew, nor Saint Mark, nor Saint Luke, nor the other Evangelists had emphasized the maddening charms and depravities of the dancer.

I know someone exactly like him. 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 atainst of overspending which marks the parvenu.

At other times he will think on qualities of pieces that at his point in time had not yet been composed, accrediting his thoughts that those who concern themselves with certain ideals will not find themselves content with the current age. Huysmans writes about the sensuous with a style that has both an economy and a sensuality of its own: View all 47 comments. But misanthropy and bitterness are mind-killers. The only thing that may appear slightly offputting to some readers of Huysmans is the nauseating narcissism of the main character — although we can agree that this has been created, fictionally, with intent.

Perhaps it is reading about a lover of the senses and literature and all things aesthetic who has the money and resources to create his very own virtual reality. Ideas can be infectious, they can be viral, they prey on our hopes and fears, our prejudices and insecurities, tue over time, we build up better and better defenses to recognize and root out these ideas.


Against the Grain

He pa Difficult to do this one justice. He brings des Esseintes back qgainst by little from the almost psychotic state he had allowed him to sink into, but not without making him suffer horrible symptoms quite like the ones which Dr Jekyll suffers when he is experiencing his transformations. There is no doubt whatever that this eternally self-replicating old fool has now exhausted the good-natured admiration of all true artists, and the moment has come to replace her, as far as that can be achieved, with artiface.

The narrative seems to exists mainly and is indeed sufficient to entirely submerge the reader in Des Essientes’ overwrought decorating daliances, symphonies of liquour and perfume, orchid gardens, and faux ship-cabin dining chambers.

Anthony,” for Des Esseintes–the novel’s protagonist–is a saint of the senses, and on his path to enlightenment he encounters demons, delusions and disease. As for the staircase, it was built outside, against one of the sides of the house, and the footsteps of his servants in ascending or descending thus reached Des Esseintes less distinctly.

Against the Grain is still considered the embodiment of the Decadent aesthetics. He is an incredible aesthete, thoroughly well-read and schooled in the arts and fashion. To find out more, including how to control againstt, see here: