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It must have been so exciting to be a novelist in the second half of the nineteenth century You weren t limited to just creating a novel if you were talented, you could create a whole new kind of novel Here, Huysmans has written the first example known to me of the novel where nothing happens Frail, sickly des Esseintes has dissipated a good part of his inheritance on various kinds of vice there is a memorable passage early on about the mirrors in his bedroom Now he s tired of it He resolves to withdraw to a specially designed house in the country where he will live a life of contemplation, as far removed from reality as he can arrange.
The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons With A Title Translated Either As Against Nature Or As Against The Grain, This Wildly original Fin De Si Cle Novel Follows Its Sole Character, Des Esseintes, A Decadent, Ailing Aristocrat Who Retreats To An Isolated Villa Where He Indulges His Taste For Luxury And Excess Veering Between Nervous Excitability And Debilitating Ennui, He Gluts His Aesthetic Appetites With Classical Literature And Art, Exotic Jewels With Which He Fatally Encrusts The Shell Of His Tortoise , Rich Perfumes, And A Kaleidoscope Of Sensual Experiences The original Handbook Of Decadence, Against Nature Exploded Like A Grenade In The Words Of Its Author And Has Enjoyed A Cult Readership From Its Publication To The Present Day After feasting on an excessive orgy of oysters, smoked salmon, quail eggs, marinated lobster, rare partridge breast, honey glazed pig trotters and spiced wine, I followed with a desert consisting of apple strudel with clotted cream and sticky chocolate pudding in a warm orange sauce, I took to the sofa in front of the open log fire while stretching my feet out on the Persian rug, keeping my fine Turkish cigarettes and bottle of plum brandy close at hand I finished reading rebours Against Nature 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 Referring to society early on as frightful clodhoppers , this would become the one and only time I laughed, because even though the overall mood is charming and elegant, there is also a lingering sadness f The world is too much with us late and soon, Wordsworth wrote in 1802, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers Joris Karl Huysmans fin de si cle novel, Against Nature Rebours , tells the story of an aristocratic dandy who finds the realitiesspecifically, the vulgarities of everyday life so insufferable that he decides to lock himself away in a house at Fontenay aux Roses, far from the incessant deluge of human folly, to live a solitary life through books, paintings, art and music Des Esseintes is an eccentric, a decadent, a misanthrope, and an aesthete, who is also obsessed with death and decay It has been noted that this is the novel which poisons Dorian s mind in The Picture of Dorian Gray 1890 , and it is indeed tempting to imagine Des Esseintes as Oscar Wilde Rebours is a fantastic book about what it means to be an a If Proust composed his In Search of Lost Time without having read this book, I ll eat my hat 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 And it could have been sheer coincidence that Huysmans delving into the cyclic throes of obsession and boredom seem almost a basic structure for Proust s cathedrals of thought and memory Still, the semblances are striking, although the differences forbid any possible thoughts of one author relying too heavily on the other For while Proust is gorgeous and light and understanding of almost every nuance of the hum Decadent Rants and HaranguesThis 1884 novel is a wonderful assemblage of prescient and decadent rants.
Something Huysmans says of another book of rants could apply equally to his own workConceived as harangues, they contained a certain strong muscular energy and were astonishing in the intolerance of their convictions Scoundrels and ImbecilesJean Des Esseintes I ll call him Des E for short fills his life with literature, art, music, furniture, jewelry, flowers, perfumes, food and liquor.
His journey started as a childImmersed in solitude, he would dream or read far into the night Educated by Jesuits, he acquires abold and independent spirit.
He grows to scorn his fellow manHis contempt for humanity deepened He reached the conclusion that the world, for the most part, was compos An ornate, sickly, claustropobic book, full of fascinating discussions about art and literature, and studded with items of outr vocabulary I still haven t worked out what m chialogie means It is a novel for people who like talking about novels the plot itself is slim and of little importance I ll summarise it quickly des Esseintes, a rich, effete aristocrat, retires from a life of excess and debauchery to live in his retreat at Fontenay outside Paris, where he shuts himself off from the rest of the world and ekes out an existence in a cloying, hypochondriac, lamplit environment that has been elaborately constructed to meet his own aesthetic requirements.
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Already, he was dreaming of a refined solitude, a comfortable desert, a motionless ark in which to seek refuge from the unending deluge of human stupidity Joris Karl Huysmans, Against the Grain Against the Grain alternately translated as Against Nature is a slim novel 110 pages where French author Joris Karl Huysmans 1848 1907 employs a torrent of baroque descriptions and unending streams of rococo linguistic curlicues to write about a bored, jaded aristocrat by the name of Des Esseintes, who uses his inherited wealth to seal himself off in a custom made, artificial world where he can live his entire life on his own aesthetic and highly refined terms There really isn t any dialogue or other characters, nor is there any plot or storyline in the ordinary sense of the term, rather, the novel describes the d The hipsters are right society is trying to destroy you not your body, or your mind, but you, the part which makes an individual That s what society is the aspect of human life that is not the self, but is communal, the part that causes humanity to behave like a colony of ants.
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