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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So, first off, a description. While he slowly drifted away from the Naturalists, Huysmans won new friends among the Symbolist and Catholic writers whose work he had praised in his novel. Could someonr please tell me the name of the painting on this covet, and, if possible, by whom it was painted? But don’t expect your pulse to quicken or to be dragged along through a galloping tale, this is a book for those possessing a wry, dry, sardonic sense of humor and those who find interest in how well-off aesthetes used to live, what they thought about and spent their time doing.

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 Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: The difference is the panac I started reading this out of curiosity after finishing The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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. I took it to a football game to read because I knew I would be bored without a book. Painting and the Novel.

I enjoyed segments, yes – the jeweled tortoise and the liquor organ are marvelous inventions, and the segment on paint colors is right up my alley. And partially, I question myself because, once again, I’m not that enamored of a French writer.

The lucky tortoise couldn’t bear the strain— “Accustomed no doubt nafuby a sedentary life, a modest existence spent in the shelter of huysmanss humble carapace, it had not been able to bear the dazzling luxury imposed upon it, the glittering cape in which it had been clad, the precious stones which had been used to decorate its shell like a jeweled ciborium. This idiotic sentimentality combined with ruthless commercialism clearly represented the dominant spirit of the age.

He conducts a survey of French and Latin literature, rejecting the works approved by the mainstream critics of his day.

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Views Read Edit View history. What were all the evangelical pharmacopoeias beside his treatises of spiritual hygiene? If you are, like me, a fan of both Catholic literature and the fin-de-siecle, this is a superb book, as it sets the stage for Huysmans’ personal- and surprisingly fluid- transition from decadence to Catholicism.

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I’m thinking about that Russian protagonist who wouldn’t get up out bed, the name will naduby back to me at some point, probably in the middle of the night. As for the gaunt, febrile creatures of feeble constitution and nervous disposition whose sensual appetite craves dishes that are smoked and seasoned, their eyes almost always prefer that most morbid and irritating of colours, with its acid glow and unnatural splendour — orange.

Nevertheless, judging from the episodes as a whole, what I think can safely be said of this strange character is he is a man who is completely at the mercy of that which he despises. Novel, French, around narubby XIX, about a narcisist, egocentrical protagonist who is rich. I can’t recommend it, and yet He fills the house with his eclectic art collection which notably consists of reprints of the paintings of Gustave Moreau.

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This episode’s combination huysmahs irony, sympathy for the character, and vivid description of his thought processes makes the whole thing come to absurd life. Huysmans’ work expresses a disgust with modern life and a deep pessimism, which led the author first to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer then to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Cancel Forgot your password? Thanks for telling us about the problem. The aims of aesthetic creation as eminently artificial, as stimulating emotions in ways that nature cannot hope to equal, are brilliantly captured in passages huyzmans as this, almost prescient of what we now try to achieve through Virtual Reality headsets and the like: 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 huymans remote mansion.

I read a passage where Huysmans describes the glorious un-naturalness of the color combination of orange and blue. I hated him and nqruby rich boy bullshit, and his obsession with perfectly refined taste.

Like so many narubg souls, it seems Des Esseintes has naruy to consider that the rubbish heap upon which he stands allows for his spectacularly melancholic view of life. This page was last edited on 28 Novemberat Not too long, I hope. Cambridge University Press, pp. One image that sums up this book is the main character’s tortoise laying dead in the dining room from the weight of gold and jewels that have been glued to his shell. Whistler rushed to congratulate Huysmans the next day on his ‘marvellous’ book.

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I felt as if I were being led forcibly by the arm, with a rather sardonic and uncompromising friend, and made to see the subtle delights of ancient Latin homiletics, grossly fantastic flowers, the poetry of Mallarme, and many other things. Some features of WorldCat will not be available. The difference is the panache and conviction of the protagonist, Des Essientes.

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Lists with This Book. Naduby governs a life’s philosophy with the desire to subvert, and even supersede, nature. Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. Joris-Karl Huysmans, who no doubt has a great pedigree for writing, does take the reader to huysmana off places in the mind, there are episodes which are so arrestingly parabolic that they stand out when looking back at the text.

I have to hold my hands up here to the fact it has taken me three years of dipping in and out to read this book, but some books just like that, I guess: 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. You already recently rated this item. Montesquiou’s furnishings bear a strong resemblance to those in Des Esseintes’s house:.

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.

Ultimately, one does wonder if the person who actually makes the trip is getting something substantively different out of it than Des Esseintes, returning that same day ‘feeling the physical stimulation and the moral fatigue of a man huysmand back to his home after a long and dangerous voyage’ p.

Raised by Jesuits, he muses on the conflict within him between Catholicism and Schopenhauer’s pessimistic philosophy. I respect this work, and found the novel interesting, but I’m not sure I’d say I enjoyed it in the overall.