9780140447637

Against Nature (A Rebours) (Penguin Classics)

Huysmans, Joris-Karl

ISBN 10: 0140447636 / 0-14-044763-6
ISBN 13: 9780140447637
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Softcover
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A wildly original fin-de-siècle novel, Against Nature follows its sole character, Des Esseintes, a decadent, ailing aristocrat who retreats to an isolated villa where he indulges his taste for luxury and excess. Veering between nervous excitability and debilitating ennui, he gluts his aesthetic appetites with classical literature and art, exotic jewels (with which he fatally encrusts the shell of his tortoise), rich perfumes, and a kaleidoscope of sensual experiences. The original handbook of decadence, Against Nature exploded “like a grenade” (in the words of its author) and has enjoyed a cult readership from its publication to the present day.

  • Features a new Introduction, chronology, and notes and reproduces Huysmans's 1903 preface
  • Includes a section of contemporary reviews and responses from writers including Mallarmé, Zola, and Wilde

Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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Book Description: Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 194 x 128 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. Infamous as the inspiration for the novel which slowly corrupts Oscar Wilde s Dorian Gray , Joris-Karl Huysmans Against Nature (A Rebours) is translated by Robert Baldick with an introduction by Patrick McGuinness in Penguin Classics . A wildly original fin-de-siecle novel, Against Nature contains only one character. Des Esseintes is a decadent, ailing aristocrat who retreats to an isolated villa where her indulges his taste for luxury and excess. Veering between nervous excitability and debilitating ennui, he gluts his aesthetic appetites with classical literature and art, exotic jewels (with which he fatally encrusts the shell of his tortoise), rich perfumes and a kaleidoscope of sensual experiences. Against Nature , in the words of the author, exploded like a meteorite and has enjoyed a cult following to this day. This revised edition of Robert Baldick s lucid translation features a new introduction and a chronology, and reproduces Huysmans original 1903 preface as well as a selection of reviews from writers including Mallarme, Zola and Wilde. Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848-1907) is now recognized as one of the most challenging and innovative figures in European literature and an acknowledged principal architect of the fin-de-siecle imagination. He was a career civil servant who wrote ten novels, most notably A Rebours and La-Bas . If you enjoyed Against Nature , you might like Huysmans The Damned (La-Bas) , also available in Penguin Classics . Bookseller Inventory # APG9780140447637

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