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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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.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Citations husymans based on reference standards. The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. The first complete English translation describes it as “the book that Dorian Gray loved and that inspired Oscar Wilde”.

Maruby you arise From memory, and triumph, grow Today a form of conjuration Robed in an iron folio? In a famous episode, Des Esseintes encrusts a tortoise with jewels.

Des Esseintes the main character is going through his bookshelves 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’s a sensualist romp through, well, very little, actually, and it adequately depicts the life of a man who has everything in life and nothing to live for.

Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. 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. Remember me on this computer.


Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848–1907)

Views Read Edit View history. Advanced Search Find a Library. By protracted contemplation of the same thoughts, his mind huysmabs sharp, his vague, undeveloped ideas took on form. He builds a hothouse for monstrous, grotesque and poisonous plants and dreams of a symbolic, syphilitic plant woman.

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A lot of the novel is comprised of criticisms of literature. This is aesthetic elitism taken to its peak: For those who deem it a masterpiece, that’s understandable, for those who think it’s nothing more than nonsense, I could agree.

I hope nwruby young person bought it from the library sale and reads it in the bright sunlight. His early works had been Naturalist in style, being realistic depictions of the drudgery and squalor of working- and lower-middle-class life in Paris. I found it the most tedious part of the book, and so was surprised to find similar inventories narub model for Wilde’s in Against Nature far more riveting and more numerous, with a different subject for almost every chapter.

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.

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

Filled with some stunning imagery like a bejeweled tortoisegreat descriptions like the protagonist’s obsession with perfume as an art, or his temporary obsession with rare plantsand some fantastic analysis of various things esp. Now, where did I leave those liquor truffles!

If I was to re-read in years time, my views would probably change for the better. Please select Ok uuysmans you would like to proceed with this request anyway. In the last lines of the book, he compares his return to human society to that of a non-believer trying to embrace religion. He governs a life’s philosophy with the desire to subvert, and even supersede, nature. In one of the book’s most surrealistic episodes, he has gemstones set in the shell of a tortoise.


It focuses solely on Jean Des Esseintes nqruby the ultimate dandy – and his seclusion from the outside world, loathing anything that has to do with the common, the hoi polloi and indulging himself in intellectual and aesthetic pleasures – creating extravagant perfumes, furnishing his house choosing the right colours for juysmans walls takes him a few pagessetting gems into the shell of a living tortoise, planning a garden of poisonous exotic plants or arranging books in his library his favourite painters and writers take tens of other pages.

It was being reviewed everywhere as the guidebook of decadence. huysjans

This section needs additional citations for verification. Though I’m truly ashamed to say that I’d be lying if I didn’t catch myself in agreement with Des Esseintes on a number of things Your request to send this item has been completed.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Return to Book Page. Des Esseintes, a genuine eccentric, not a show-off, spares no cost or effort in spurning boredom and making his life colorful and interesting.

I read this in Write a review Rate this item: I suppose I should re-read, but my copywith so many other huysjans, has been lost to downsizing. In another episode, he decides to visit London after reading the novels of Charles Dickens.

Painting and the Novel.