Get this from a library! Naruby. [Joris Karl Huysmans; Jaroslav Med; Arnošt Procházka; Klára Kvízová; Luděk Marks]. Joris-Karl Huysmans, author of Against Nature, on LibraryThing. 7 copies; Paris 6 copies; De Bièvre 6 copies; Knapsacks 6 copies; Naruby 5 copies, 1 review. Des Esseintes: Le héros fin de siècle par excellence! Cynique, misogyne et romantique à l’extrême. Aristocrate oisif, isolé, il se livre à une méditation sur.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. You already recently rated this item. Fortunately, beef tea cures all. Does this make for an effective novel?

The hkysmans to the novel is a quotation from the Flemish mystic Jan van Ruusbroec: It became perfectly clear to maruby that he could entertain no hope of finding in someone else the same aspirations and antipathies; no hope of linking up with a mind which, like his own, took pleasure in a life of studious decrepitude; no hope of associating juysmans intelligence as sharp and wayward as his own with any author or scholar.

But is is challenge to the very idea hhuysmans the “novel” at the time while predicting neither the Dadaist “Anti-Novel” or the Surrealist “Dream Novel” – it is, as I said, an illustration of a sensibility and a deep character study, not plot driven in the slightest – like a weekend spent visiting an odd but well-spoken individual with strange tastes who talks a lot.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Montesquiou’s furnishings bear a strong resemblance to those in Des Esseintes’s house:.

Joris Karl Huysmans ; [z franc. He recounts how architecture ruined a marriage when a couple moved into a home with rounded rooms, and explains the why of it. Images like a jewel-encrusted tortoise perishing under its own weight have a mythic quality and chapters can seem like individual exercises, tied together by the Des Esseintes plot such as it islike the master narrative of the Arabian Nights or a collection of Dickensian short stories.

Scott Moncrieff Prize for Margaret Mauldon It scarcely admitted—in theory at least—any exceptions to the rule; thus it limited itself to depicting common existence, and struggled, under the pretext of being true to life, to create characters who would be as close as possible to the average run of mankind. E’ il racconto di un uomo che narhby ritira in collina, poco distante da Parigi, spinto dalla stanchezza e dal delirio provocato dalla sifilide.


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 tortoiserich perfumes, and a kaleidoscope of sensual experiences. At the very moment that Wilde was falling in with social patterns, he was confronted with a book huysmns even in its title defied them.

Maybe Huysmans gets a partial pass — me being on the fence — because he’s half Dutch??? Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: This episode’s combination of irony, sympathy for the character, and vivid description of his thought processes makes the whole thing come to absurd life. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Had I managed to read the novel in a more intense manner I suppose I may have given it more than 3 stars.

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Manchester University Press, pp. Chapter 4 is awash with dissing the classical writers of ancient Rome: I’m thinking about that Russian protagonist who wouldn’t get up out bed, the name will come back to me at some point, probably in the middle of the night.

Czech View all editions and formats. He believes in the artificial and artifice much better than messy nature and so attempts to create in his home artificial sensoriums – what might almost be seen as a precursor to virtual reality wherein the color, sound, aroma, temperature etc.

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Because des Essientes is plagued continually by his own memories of the past, which nqruby obsesses over. He has lived an extremely decadent life in Paris, which has left him disgusted with human society. The enervated Parisian aristocrat Jean des Esseintes becomes disillusioned with debased, philistine human nature and moves to the rural outskirts of the city. Open Preview See a Problem? I read this in Please enter your name. Jean des Esseintes is the last member of a powerful and once proud noble family.

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It’s interesting in its perversity, it’s ability to indulge the mildest of self-transgressions, but it never quite lifts off. There are lengthy discussions on aesthetics, for example, as Des Esseintes decides on the right colours for each of his rooms. Anruby, near the breeding ground of intellectual aberrations and diseases of the mind — the mystical tetanus, the burning fever of lust, the typhoids and yellow fevers of crime — he had found, hatching in the dismal forcing-house of ennuithe frightening climacteric of thoughts and emotions.


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It became perfectly clear to him that he could entertain no hope of finding in someone else the same aspirations and antipathies; no hope of linking up with a mind, which like his own, took pleasure in a life of studious decrepitude.

Finding libraries that hold this item Not too long, I hope. Dekadenter letzter Spross eines durch Inzucht auf den Hund gekommenen Adelsgeschlechts wird impotent und macht die Nacht zum Tage, bis der Arzt dem Einsiedlerleben des Sonderlings Einhalt gebietet. Its narrative concentrates almost entirely on its principal character and is little else than a catalogue of the tastes and inner life of Jean Des Esseintes, an eccentric, reclusive aesthete and antihero who loathes 19th-century bourgeois society and tries to retreat into an ideal artistic world of his own creation.

Beautifully written but ultimately annoying tale about a decadent and rich recluse. He has at his disposal a “liquor organ”, wherein alcohol of various types are substituted with corresponding musical notes, composing symphonic drinks of subtle variations in type and flavor.

This is a book about the life and thoughts of wealthy aesthetic aristocrat des Esseintes, about his decision to remove himself from his social milieu and use his vast wealth to create for himself an artificial world in his remote mansion. The references in Dorian Gray to specific chapters are deliberately inaccurate.

Bleak, pointless, at times very charming, Against Nature isn’t for everyone, but it’s a useful tool to get further into Dorian Gray’s character. My take-away is that even art that tries to go beyond morality understood as the conventional morality of a majority has its own code of morals, of what is good and bad – and therefore trying to make amoral art might just be logically impossible.

Aside from the text at the beginning, which aims to set up the mindset of the protagonist, Des Esseintes, my favourite parts were where he arranges his isolated home in true decadent fashion.

Oscar Wilde ‘s The Picture of Dorian Graytaking it’s cue from Mary Shelley ‘s Frankensteingives its hero three books to read in order to shape and to define his personality.