Against Nature

Against Nature

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'It will be the biggest fiasco of the year - but I don't care a damn! It will be something nobody has ever done before, and I shall have said what I had to say.' As Joris -Karl Huysmans announced in 1884, Against Nature was fated to be a novel like no other. Resisting the models of classic nineteenth-century fiction, it focuses on the attempts of its anti-hero, the hypersensitive neurotic and aesthete, Des Esseintes, to escape Paris and the vulgarity of modern life. Holed up in his private museum of high taste, he offers Huysmans's readers a treasure trove of cultural delights which anticipates many of the strains of modernism in its appreciation of Baudelaire, Moreau, Redon, Mallarme and Poe. This new translation is supplemented by indispensable notes which enhance the understanding of a highly allusive work.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 18mm | 199.58g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192823671
  • 9780192823670
  • 1,297,327

About J-.K. Huysmans

Nicholas White is Lecturer in French at Royal Holloway College, University of London.show more

Review Text

In this the revolt against social norms is quite different - no agonized critique, but a velvet-lined rut of withdrawal. Des Esseintes, the decadent, aristocratic antihero of the novel, having tried all that the natural world has to offer, withdraws more and more into an artifical, aesthetic realm of his own devising: a literal paradis artificiel. At one and the same time a breviary of decadence, and also its apotheosis. Against Nature was one of Wilde's key texts, and the inspiration for much of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Review by author WILL SELF (Kirkus UK)show more

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