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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Frail, sickly des Esseintes has dissipated a good part of his agaisnt on various kinds of vice there is a memorable passage early on about the mirrors in his bedroom. He wanted, in short, a work of art both for what it was in itself and for what it allowed him to bestow on it; he wanted to go along with it and on it, as if supported by a friend or carried by a vehicle, into a sphere where aagainst sensations would arouse within him an unexpected commotion, the causes of which he would strive to patiently and even vainly to analyse.

The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons Predictable ants are useful ants. Once this had been part of a balustrade of an old hostel’s superb staircase. Unsurprisingly, Des Essientes expends much enthusiasm on a few writers whose incidental prose exceeds their overall literary vision, and this abainst be the case here.

He made no professions of healing, offered the sick no compensation, no hope; but his theory of Pessimism was, after all, the great consoler of chosen intellects, of lofty souls; it revealed society as it was, insisted on the innate foolishness of women, pointed you out the beaten tracks, saved you from disillusions by teaching you to restrict, so far as possible, your expectations It derives from the same determinist philosophy as Naturalism and has much in common aesthetically with Impressionism in tye it focuses on subjectively perceived moments of physical experience,….

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In hindsight, it is easy to see that Huysmans is on the road back to Rome. Des Esseintes’ world is completely superficial, contrived. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A French example of superfluous man. May 14, [EBook ]; Project Gutenberg statement. The ceiling, in turn, was hung with white, unbleached cloth, in imitation of plaster, but without its discordant brightness.

Although he had surrendered to his servants the second story of his house, which he himself never used at all, the ground floor had required a number of pictures to fit the walls. 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.

The Legend of the Decadents. And what tends to define them when they are alive is a near-complete lack of recognition. I think this began because it wasn’t until I was 19 that I got to know anyone in real life who shared a lot of my taste and whose own likings inspired me; having spent so long waiting, having or having had such things within reach became completely compelling.

The hipsters are right: So, in a way, I am laughing at myself as much as I am laughing at Des Esseintes. Schopenhauerhe exclaims, has seen the truth, and he clearly expressed it in his philosophy. It elevates the dreamlike above the realistic, fantasy above naturalism: A head of a Merovingian style, resting against a bowl, a bearded man, at once resembling a Buddhist priest and an orator at a public reunion, touching the ball of a gigantic cannon with his fingers; a frightful spider revealing a human face in its body.

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

The book is worth reading for those pages alone! His pursuit of idealized artistic perfection is almost fetishistic in its insistence on completeness. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of The protagonist, Des Esseintes, exhibits the debilitating symptoms of neurasthenia, a generalized psychosomatic disorder that came into vogue during that period. Huysmans [Huysmans converted or reverted to Catholicism in And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. Baudelaire, d’Aurevilly, and others]. One passed from the bedroom to the library, and from the library into the dining room, which formed the other corner.


Over time, he fails to see that this existence is driving him mad along with compounding physical ailments that various artificial means fail to cure. He paints his pet tortoise gold and studs its shell with precious stones.

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. Anthony” In Morbid Gfain Like with all other depictions of things, Des Esseintes has no qualms praising drawings of crowds though he hates the actual things. I also love gfain, roses, and my dogs, and seldom pass up an opportunity to slip them into the conversation.

Against the Grain

It also reminds me of that great short story of Flaubert’s, “The Temptation of St. Following links will bring you to hrain text of annotations and discussions, which appear in this column; hitting the back button on your web browser returns you to your place in the main text as will chosing the link at the end of each note.

huysans I have resolved to spend it reflecting on it. All the facets of the jewels kindle under the ardent shafts of light escaping from the head of the Baptist. Sometimes the subjects even seemed to have borrowed from the cacodemons of science, reverting to prehistoric times. We shame other people, we guilt them, we tease them, we make suggestions, we tell them little infectious phrases that are supposed to be helpful.