Against Nature

Against Nature

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by Joris-Karl Huysmans
     
 

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Resisting the traditional model of nineteenth-century fiction, Joris-Karl Huysman produced in 1884 a novel unlike any other of his time. Against Nature is the story of Des Esseintes, an aesthete who attempts to escape Paris and, along with it, the vulgarity of modern Life. As Des Esseintes hides away in his museum of high taste, Huysman offers the reader a treasury of

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Resisting the traditional model of nineteenth-century fiction, Joris-Karl Huysman produced in 1884 a novel unlike any other of his time. Against Nature is the story of Des Esseintes, an aesthete who attempts to escape Paris and, along with it, the vulgarity of modern Life. As Des Esseintes hides away in his museum of high taste, Huysman offers the reader a treasury of cultural delights and anticipates many aspects of twentieth century modernism. Supplemented by notes and a critical introduction, this new translation is sure to engage today's reader.

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ISBN-13:
9781460904626
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/21/2011
Pages:
138
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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

University of London

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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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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.