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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Whistler rushed to congratulate Huysmans the next day on his ‘marvellous’ book. He meditated long before this work which, with its dashes of paint flecking the thick crayon, spread a brilliance of sea-green and of pale gold among the protracted darkness of the charcoal prints.
Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans
What strength is huyemans to him he expends obsessing over art, literature, design, and even gardening, in dissertations on artificiality and garish morbid splendor that comp Des Uuysmans, 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.
Mar 04, MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 sublimated sensations would arouse within him an unexpected commotion, the causes of which he would strive to patiently and even vainly to analyse.
This was not nearly as much fun as his barn-burning and sexy Satan-worshippers novel, “The Damned,” which I read earlier this year – but this book, in its own way was just as good. It was being reviewed everywhere as the guidebook of decadence.
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.
She remained vague and hidden, mysterious and swooning in the yrain mist of the centuries, not to be grasped by vulgar and materialistic minds, accessible only to disordered and volcanic intellects made visionaries by their neuroticism; rebellious to painters of the flesh, to Rubens who disguised her as a butcher’s wife of Flanders; a mystery to all the writers who had never succeeded in portraying the disquieting exaltation of this dancer, the refined grandeur of this murderess.
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So I usually just spend my time thinking about des Esseintes and Huysmans, rather th If the hero of this novel had a more anglo-friendly name, it would be the byword for hyper-neurotic aesthete dandies, as Sherlock Huymsans is in the world of detective. He knows as much about the ecclesiastic writers of the Church as he knows about the vagaries of wines and perfumes.
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It is a minor disappointment, however, when compared to the rest of this varied, highly accomplished work…. The executioner stood impassive, his hands on the hilt of his long, blood-stained sword. Mostly a catalogue of art, books, and music the main dude likes. Like other Northern European seventeenthth-century artists, Luyken juysmans employed text with his engravings. They are a subculture, but one that still feeds into and supports the main culture. Facebook Twitter Email Print. Difficult to do this one justice.
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An entire chapter is given over to various exotic scents and perfumes which des Esseintes is trying to create. Sep 30, Lee rated it really liked it.
Against the Grain
You are commenting using your WordPress. Every subculture becomes co-opted and sold back to the people for a profit, and the way corporations have maneuvered hipsters is brilliant.
Perhaps not unlike that des Esseintes experiences when confronted with the noise and bustle of Paris. McGuinnessplus J. There were some fawning and complacent people who pretended to consider him a great man, the reservoir of learning, the encyclopedic giant of the age.
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 Of course, as they observe, blasphemy reading “against nature” as “against god” only has real meaning from one who is at root a believer.
On the walls, in ebony frames, hung the prints of Jan Luykenan old Dutch engraver almost unknown in France. Looking on the bright side of things, I hope that, one fine day, he’ll kill the gentlemen who turns up unexpectedly just as he’s breaking open his desk.
Against the Grain by J.-K. Huysmans
For the delight of his spirit and the joy of his eyes, he had desired a few suggestive creations that cast him into an unknown world, revealing to him the contours of new conjectures, agitating huysjans nervous system by the violent deliriums, complicated nightmares, nonchalant or atrocious chimerae they induced.
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. 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.
It derives from the same determinist philosophy as Naturalism and has much in common aesthetically with Impressionism in that it focuses on subjectively perceived moments of physical experience,….