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Against Nature: Joris-Karl Huysmans (Penguin Classics)

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Well, the Oxford edtion is printed on cheap, thin paper that browned almost immediately, and produces irritating "see-through" effects; the cover, of my copy at least, instantly creased itself rather than folding, making it hard to hold (and ugly).

The only chapter that truly seems out of place herein, in this brief section of the narrative, des Esseintes takes an out of character detour into the territory marked by the likes of Octave Mirbeau’s Clara from Torture Garden or more to the point, Jean Lorrain’s oily Claudius Ethal from Monsieur de Phocas, in deliberately seeking to start trouble and drive others to ruination by subtle means. The only two I've come across so far are the Robert Baldick (Penguin) and the Margaret Mauldon (Oxford) translations.A specific passage in A Rebours in which Huysmans alludes to multiple places homosexual men were known to meet-up through-out Paris is used against Wilde in court; in A Rebours, Huysmans suggests a sexual relationship between the protagonist, Des Esseintes, and a young man he meets asking directions towards Rue de Babylon.

Push red button for help becomes in French something like “For the assistance of By accepting all cookies, you agree to our use of cookies to deliver and maintain our services and site, improve the quality of Reddit, personalize Reddit content and advertising, and measure the effectiveness of advertising. Having started with La-Bas and working my way backwards through En Rade to Parisian Sketches (with a side trip to Sac A Dos and Robert Baldick’s surprisingly entertaining and informative Life of J. Lastly…the younger generation, that class of frightful louts who feel the need to speak and laugh at the top of their voices in restaurants and cafes, who knock you off the pavement without saying sorry, and who, without even an excuse me, without even noticing you, ram the wheels of their baby carriages against your legs. Their cinematic style blends electronics, classical arrangements, orchestral percussion and soundscapes evoking a timeless quality.Many critics were appalled by its apparent lack of morality, while young Dandies and Aesthetes were attracted to it for its idolisation of art and sensation. Reddit and its partners use cookies and similar technologies to provide you with a better experience.

He spends three pages choosing the colour of his walls, an entire chapter contemplating Latin literature of the post-Augustan and early mediaeval period and another chapter making perfume. Against Nature , in the words of the author, exploded 'like a meteorite' and has enjoyed a cult following to this day. After reading "Submission" by Michel Houllebecq, where the main character's career revolves around J. The styles of the Symbolist painters varied considerably, but they shared many of the same themes particularly a fascination with the mystical and the visionary. Eccellente esemplare, fresco, pulito, squadrato sia alla sovracoperta che internamente: rarissima condizione per questo libro stampato nel 1944.

I don’t really know French, but what I know of it in reading shampoo bottles and international signs is that it requires more words to say a thing than English does. Consequently…all flowers (are) represented by a combination of alcohols and spirits, stealing the very personality of its model and adding that certain something, that added nuance…which qualifies it as a work of art.

The protagonist fills the house with his eclectic art collection, which notably consists of reprints of the paintings of Gustave Moreau (such as Salome Dancing before Herod and L'Apparition), drawings of Odilon Redon, and engravings of Jan Luyken.In the end, “whatever he tried, an immense feeling of ennui oppressed him…then his health grew weaker and his nervous system more strained,” until he finally decides to create a sanctuary of intellectual and artistic stimulation off in the suburbs, near enough to Paris to reassure him, but far enough away to isolate him from “a hateful age of undignified boorishness. In fact, perfumes are almost never produced from the flowers whose names they bear; the artist who dared to borrow only natural elements would produce nothing but a bastard work with neither authenticity or style, seeing as the essence obtained by the distillation of flowers offers only a very distant and imprecise analogy to the actual aroma of the living flower, as it disperses its effusions in the open air. After the whole was arranged and finished, all these several tints fell into accord at night and did not clash at all; the blue of the woodwork struck a stable note that was pleasing and satisfying to the eye, supported and warmed, so to say, by the surrounding shades of orange, which for their part shone out with a pure, unsullied gorgeousness, itself backed up and in a way heightened by the near presence of the blue. it mattered little to him if, by the light of day, they were inspid or crude, for it was at night that he lived…one was more oneself (when) alone then…the mind only grew animated and active with the approach of darkness. This haven which had sheltered him must be abandoned, he must sail out again into the stormy seas of stupidity that had so battered him in the past…the doctors spoke of amusement, of distraction; with whom and with what…?

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