Against Nature

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Joris-Karl Huysmans is most famous for this novel AGAINST NATURE and he predicted it would be a failure with the public and critics: "but I don't give a damn! It will be something nobody has ever done before, and I shall have said what I want to say." The book created a storm of publicity; though many older critics were scandalised, it appealed to the young generation.

The painter Whistler called it a "marvellous" book. Oscar Wilde regarded it as his "Bible and bedside book." It...

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Joris-Karl Huysmans is most famous for this novel AGAINST NATURE and he predicted it would be a failure with the public and critics: "but I don't give a damn! It will be something nobody has ever done before, and I shall have said what I want to say." The book created a storm of publicity; though many older critics were scandalised, it appealed to the young generation.

The painter Whistler called it a "marvellous" book. Oscar Wilde regarded it as his "Bible and bedside book." It was to him "one of the best I have ever seen." It was reviewed everywhere as the guidebook of Decadence.

AGAINST NATURE is the "poisonous French novel" that leads to the downfall of Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde's THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. The book's plot dominated the action of Dorian, causing him to live a life of sin and hedonism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460904626
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/21/2011
  • Pages: 138
  • Sales rank: 705,564
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


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

University of London

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

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    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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