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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Do you remember the scenes describing the gruesome phallic plants? Against the Grain work by Huysmans. When society takes a movement and sells it back to us, the ideas are the first things stripped out. I also disliked all the passages on his illness, and the wealth of details he shares about his gastric system.
Sure, we internalize it to some degree, but for a lot of us, we retain an iconoclastic streak that stops us from being taken over completely. His church tapers were made of real wax, procured from a special house which catered exclusively to houses of worship, for Des Esseintes professed a sincere repugnance to gas, oil and ordinary candles, to all modern forms of illumination, so gaudy and brutal.
Like a hermit he was ripe for isolation, since life harassed him and he no longer desired anything of it. And whilst I am, thank goodness, not so impossibly fussy as d’E, I can certainly hear my younger self – or myself as I might be if trapped for too long in the wrong place – in his elitist frustrations “Did he know one man capable of appreciating? Click on thumbnails to obtain larger images.
Jan 24, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing. And, indeed, certain of these faces, with their monstrous, insane eyes, certain of these swollen, deformed bodies resembling carafes, induced in Des Esseintes recollections of typhoid, memories of feverish nights and of the shocking visions of his infancy which persisted and would not be suppressed.
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What is it about these Decadent authors — Baudelaire, Huysmans, Barbey himself — that despite their obvious dislike of religion, they all ended up going back to the Catholic faith? Jun 02, Geoffrey rated it it was amazing. At other times he will think on qualities of pieces that at his point in time had not yet been composed, accrediting his thoughts that those who concern themselves with certain ideals will not find themselves content with the current age.
All the facets of the jewels kindle under the ardent shafts of light escaping from the head huysmams the Baptist. Motte, Dean De La The unexamined life is not worth living–which is why it destroys him. In him, there was no desire to migrate to vanished civilizations, to worlds lost in the darkness of time; his sturdy, powerful temperament, enamoured of the luxuriance of life, of full-blooded vigour, of moral stamina, alienated him from the artificial graces and the painted pallors of the eighteenth century, as also from the hieratic pomp, the brutal ferocity and the effeminate, ambiguous zgainst of the ancient East.
The parallels between the two books end there since Huysmans takes his character in quite a different direction to the one Stevenson chose aganist the finally repentant Doctor Jekyll.
A head of a Merovingian style, resting against a bowl, a bearded huysmwns, at once resembling a Buddhist priest and an orator at a public reunion, touching the ball of a gigantic cannon with his fingers; a frightful spider revealing a human face in its body.
Feb 03, Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it Shelves: Not only does he fail to see this, but his very obsession is like the turtle killing him.
Could I really argue for a parallel between the two books? Huysmans even gives des Esseintes an huysmand in chemical experiments just as Dr Jekyll had, and he is passionate about poisonous plants and all sorts of esoteric theories and practices.
He had once had such a room in Paris, with a lofty, white, lacquered bed which is one stimulant the more, a source of depravity to old roues, leering at the false chastity and hypocritical modesty of Greuze’s tender virgins, at the deceptive candor of a bed evocative of babes and chaste maidens.
The fact was that Gustave Moreau derived from no one else.
Against the Grain by J.-K. Huysmans
View all 6 comments. Oscar Wilde declared that it was what inspired him to write The Picture of Dorian Gray and, though it remains unnamed, it is clearly recognizable as the yellow-bound book Dorian reads over and over again with unwavering admiration. Although my own life and level of wealth differs greatly from Des Esseintes, I can see part of myself in his immersion in the worlds of art and literature and his absolute revulsion for much of the general run of society and its coarse values as I write this I have a mental picture of a smirking potbellied husband and his obese wife in their white pants and gold chains waddling into a Las Vegas casino.
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And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: It was also translated into English as Against Nature. There was Bresdin’s Comedy of Death in which, in the fantastic landscape bristling with trees, brushwood and tufts of grass resembling phantom, demon forms, teeming with rat-headed, pod-tailed birds, on earth covered with ribs, skulls and huysmand, gnarled agaainst cracked willows rear their trunks, surmounted by agitated skeletons whose arms beat the air while they intone a song of victory.
Or had I pushed coincidence too far and seen connections where none exist? She is almost nude. The book is not unlike a laundry list: Huysmans writes about the sensuous with a style that has both an hrain and a sensuality of its own: But he must hurry to catch the London boat-train.
Against the Grain
View all againstt comments. His sense of identity is threatened–he has built it around these objects and movements, and his fondest wish is to keep them all for himself. The thing is he has consumed enough to know what he doesn’t like and to be able to discriminate.
Had it that phallic significance which the primitive cults of India gave it? Lloyd James Flammarion, p. Certainly, there are some interesting scenes within the sgainst famous tortoise episode actually achieving some real insight and satirebut overall, the book is terribly dull–a piling on of detail upon detail without much central notion to hang them on.
Sep 30, Lee huysmasn it really liked it. The executioner stood impassive, his hands on the hilt of his long, blood-stained sword.