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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The closest you can get to an art gallery of perfume is a wander in Liberty’s fragrance hall or similar agaonst other major world cities but things are always there for the purpose of being sold. In addition, in more than a few passages–Des Esseintes scheme for making a murderer out of a street boy is the most remarkable example–Huysmans obliquely reveals a consciousness of the plight of the poor that suggests a world of Christian compassion and huysmanss beyond all this preciousness.
You understand why it took me some weeks to digest Huysmans. Please try again later. It was a Christ done in strange tints, in a strained design, possessing a wild color and a disordered energy: View all 5 comments. It was here that she was indeed Woman, for here she gave rein to her ardent and cruel temperament. So, in a way, I am laughing at myself as much as I am laughing at Des Esseintes.
Keep Exploring Britannica Lord Byron. A rich and decadent novel featuring just one man, the jaded aristocrat Des Esseintes, who leads an isolated life fuelled by his passions for excess and self-indulgence. Chapter 4 is awash with dissing the classical writers of ancient Rome: Yet, even then, even in complete isolation, it is still not enough to let him discover himself.
Des Esseintes fascination with monks Otto M. Mostly a catalogue of art, books, and music the main dude likes. Diamonds scintillate against her glistening skin. Do you remember the scenes describing the gruesome phallic plants? Translated by Donald Davie huyxmans. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The whole situation is summed up in the fact that, when he thinks on the horror of being forced to return to society, he laments that he will not be able to huywmans any men like himself, men who share his opinions.
Each time an amendment is made, the review gets reposted, so yes you’ve probably seen it before. With the sharpening of his desire to withdraw from a hated age, he felt a despotic urge to shun pictures representing humanity striving in little holes or running to and fro in quest of money.
Against the Grain by J.-K. Huysmans
The parallels between the two books end there since Huysmans takes his character in quite a different direction to the one Stevenson chose for the finally repentant Doctor Husymans. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It derives from the same agaknst philosophy as Naturalism and has much in common aesthetically with Impressionism in that it focuses on subjectively perceived moments of physical experience,….
Especially when he veers into Latin Catholic theological manuscripts, a subject of which I have next to no knowledge or interest in. Published May 1st by Penguin first published Alain de Botton writes that the reality of travel seldom matches our dreams.
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Even sex is described like a piece of art from his collection, something predetermined by its artist, void of any animal passion or instinct: But misanthropy and bitterness are mind-killers. She is garbed only in gold-wrought stuffs and limpid stones; a neck-piece clasps her as a corselet does the body and, like a superb buckle, a marvelous jewel sparkles on the hollow between her breasts.
View all 18 comments. April 9, at Although my own avainst and level of wealth differs greatly from Des Esseintes, I can see part of myself in his immersion in the worlds of art and literature and his absolute revulsion for much of the general run of society and its coarse values as I write this I have a mental picture of a smirking potbellied husband and his obese wife in their white pants and gold chains waddling into a Las Vegas casino.
You weren’t limited to just creating a novel; if you were talented, you could create a graib new kind of novel. Huysmans even gives des Esseintes an interest in chemical experiments just as Dr Jekyll had, and he is passionate about poisonous plants and all hkysmans of esoteric theories and practices. Visible for Salome alone, it does not, with its fixed gaze, attract Herodias, musing on her finally consummated revenge, nor the Tetrarch who, bent slightly forward, his hands on his knees, still pants, maddened by the nudity of the woman saturated with animal odors, steeped in balms, exuding incense and myrrh.
The protagonist, Huydmans Esseintes, exhibits the debilitating symptoms of neurasthenia, a generalized psychosomatic disorder that came into vogue during that period.
This is a deep, rich work, and–although it is a classic representative of the fin de siecle–it transcends its age and has the ability to speak to ours as well.
Learn More in these related Britannica articles: He went to ethnographic sources, to the origins of myths, and he compared and elucidated their intricate enigmas. He builds a new home for himself with the intent of isolation, and pretty much exists within his own material possessions, compl Well, I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like it, nor have I encountered a character as oddly loveable and annoying as Des Esseintes.
His long beard floated like a white cloud upon the star-like clusters of jewels constellating the orphrey robe fitting tightly over his breast. And he scorned the world, surrendering his wealth to the poor and subsisting on a slice of bread.
Refresh and try again. OK, no, that’s just a little joke. It was being reviewed everywhere as the guidebook of decadence. Her face is meditative, solemn, almost august, as she commences the lascivious dance that will awaken the slumbering senses of old Herod. She became, in a sense, the symbolic deity of indestructible lust, the goddess of immortal Hysteria, of accursed Beauty, distinguished from all others by the catalepsy which stiffens her flesh and hardens her muscles; the monstrous Beast, indifferent, irresponsible, insensible, baneful, like the Helen of antiquity, fatal to all who approach her, all who behold her, all whom she touches.
Or did it represent the allegory of fecundity, the Hindoo myth of life, an existence held between the hands of woman, distorted and trampled by the palpitant hands of man whom a fit of madness seizes, seduced by a convulsion of the flesh?
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He was raised religiously, though some of his earlier works were very sensual and romantic.