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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, novel by Joris-Karl Huysmans, published in French as À rebours in It was also translated into English as Against Nature. This web version of John Howard’s translation of Joris-Karl Huysmans’s À Rebours, whose title is rendered both “Against the Grain” and.

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Huysmans [Huysmans converted or reverted to Catholicism in Whistler rushed to congratulate Huysmans the next day on his ‘marvellous’ book.

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Thank you for your feedback. Add both to Cart Add both to List. The physicians whom againwt consulted frightened him. I also love tea, roses, and my dogs, and seldom pass up an opportunity to slip them into the conversation.

A French example of superfluous man. He attained his majority and became master of his fortune.

Huysmans even gives des Esseintes an interest in chemical experiments just as Agwinst Jekyll had, and he is passionate about poisonous plants and all sorts of esoteric theories and practices. Oscar Wilde declared that it was what agianst him to write The Picture of Dorian Gray and, though it remains unnamed, it is clearly recognizable as the yellow-bound book Dorian reads over and over again with unwavering admiration.


What strength is left to him he expends obsessing over art, literature, design, and gran gardening, in dissertations on artificiality and garish morbid splendor that comp Des Essientes, a debauched noble at the end of his line, in rebellion against the modern world, humanity, and nature itself the title is variably translated as “Aganist the Grain” or “Against Nature”sells the family manor and retreats to a country house in order to languish in exquisite hypochondria and nervous affectation.

Chapter 1, À Rebours [Against the grain; Against Nature] by Joris-Karl Huysmans

An entire chapter is given over to various exotic scents and perfumes which des Esseintes is trying to create. The men, gathered around whist tables, proved even more shallow and insignificant than the dowagers; these descendants of ancient, courageous knights, these last branches of feudal races, appeared to Des Esseintes as catarrhal, crazy, old men repeating inanities huusman time-worn phrases.

Could someonr please tell me the name of the painting on this covet, and, if possible, by whom it was painted? I have a feeling it could have huyman up on the small list of things I wish I had left till later not because their content was any more shocking than countless other things I read at the time, but because something in them chimed too deeply with me and I took them wrongly as prescriptive Nicola Six in London Fields or descriptive of just about everyone Alfie the film and gain thus dramatically affected the course of my life more than most people would huysan.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. By protracted contemplation of the same thoughts, his mind grew sharp, his vague, undeveloped ideas took on form. You are commenting using your WordPress. Des Esseintes is destined hrain climb as high as he had previously descended and to explore the mystical side of his nature, hand in hand with his author.


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Against The Grain, or Against Nature

Des Esseintes was exasperated by his immaculate and bedizened shepherds, his Orpheus whom nuysman compares hysman a weeping nightingale, his Aristaeus who simpers about bees, his Aeneas, that weak-willed, irresolute person who walks with wooden gestures through the length of the poem.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Beware this is an expurgated version. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. It was his supreme delight to wander down the little valley to Jutigny, a village planted at the foot of the hills, a tiny heap of cottages capped with thatch strewn with tufts of sengreen and clumps of moss. Retrieved from ” https: On that day my object will be achieved: He fills the house with his eclectic art vrain which notably consists of reprints of the paintings of Gustave Moreau.

He grows to scorn his fellow man: Richard Ellmann describes the effect of the book in his biography of Oscar Wilde:.

I was confused, disappointed and embarrassed. 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.