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AGAINST NATURE
     

AGAINST NATURE

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by Joris-Karl Huysmans
 

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Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans is a novel in which very little happens; its narrative concentrates almost entirely on its principal character, and is mostly a catalogue of the tastes and inner life of Jean Des Esseintes, an eccentric, reclusive aesthete and antihero, who loathes 19th century bourgeois society and tries to retreat into an ideal artistic world of

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Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans is a novel in which very little happens; its narrative concentrates almost entirely on its principal character, and is mostly a catalogue of the tastes and inner life of Jean Des Esseintes, an eccentric, reclusive aesthete and antihero, who loathes 19th century bourgeois society and tries to retreat into an ideal artistic world of his own creation. Against Nature containes many themes which became associated with the Symbolist aesthetic. In doing so, it broke from naturalism and became the ultimate example of decadent literature. Jean Des Esseintes is the last member of a powerful and once proud noble family. He has lived an extremely decadent life in Paris which has left him disgusted with human society. Without telling anyone, he absconds to a house in the countryside. He fills the house with his eclectic art collection and decides to spend the rest of his life in intellectual and aesthetic contemplation. Throughout his intellectual experiments, he recalls various debauched events and love affairs of his past in Paris.

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BN ID:
2940011936272
Publisher:
Wilder Publications
Publication date:
10/11/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
861,657
File size:
198 KB

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Against Nature 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Timhrk More than 1 year ago
Against Nature by J.K Huymsan is not just the first existential novel, it remains one of the most timeless and relevant works of French literature. The main character decides to live a life of solitude and creates a universe within his self, trying to attain the highest level of aesthetic experience. Fascinating and funny too-using dozens of perfumes, he attempts a symphony based on the sense of smell-the aesthete has to deal with an age old contradiction-society will make him insane, but solitude will destroy his health. The Baldick translation some critics, such as Camille Paglia, regard it as superior to the original French. Reads like a contemporary novel. Please visit: timothyherrick.blogspot.com/
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great (and important) novel, but be careful—the Nook book (eBook) version of "Against Nature" is a BAD edition. I have no idea who the translator is, but the eBook version is NOT the Baldick translation. Worst of all, although not described as such, the eBook version is an EXPURGATED edition: one entire chapter has been censored out! If you want to read Huysmans's novel in English, get the Baldick translation. NOTE: The five star rating is for the novel itself. However, if I could rate just the Nook's eBook translation/edition, it would get zero stars.