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    A Rebours (against Nature) (Paperback) By (author) J. K. Huysmans, Translated by Brendan King

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    DescriptionAgainst Nature is the perfect illustration of Oscar Wilde's famous paradox that life imitates art, and not the other way around. First published in Paris in 1884 when the Naturalistic school - of which Huysmans himself was a major figure - was at its height, it delivered a body-blow to Zola's brand of literary realism, and almost single-handedly redefined the literary and artistic canon of the nineteenth century in the process. To a rising generation of readers, writers and artists across Europe, Huysmans' novel was the instruction manual of a movement that was to become emblematic of fin-de-siecle France: Decadence. The novel tells the story of its decadent aristocratic anti-hero, Jean Floressas des Esseintes, who, bored by the aesthetic and carnal pleasures the Parisian beau monde has to offer, decides to sell up and move to an isolated house in the suburbs. There he constructs a world of artifice that exactly minors his super-subtle, perverse and painfully neurotic sensibility. The result is one of the most bizarre, intriguing and influential books of the period. Whether read as an existential fable, psychological analysis, style manual, cultural critique or social satire, the novel remains as audacious and original today as when first published.


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    Title
    A Rebours (against Nature)
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J. K. Huysmans, Translated by Brendan King
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 252
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 336 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781903517659
    ISBN 10: 1903517656
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 843.8
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBC
    Publisher
    DEDALUS LTD
    Imprint name
    DEDALUS LTD
    Publication date
    30 October 2008
    Publication City/Country
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