Get this from a library! Naruby. [Joris Karl Huysmans; Jaroslav Med; Arnošt Procházka; Klára Kvízová; Luděk Marks]. Joris-Karl Huysmans, author of Against Nature, on LibraryThing. 7 copies; Paris 6 copies; De Bièvre 6 copies; Knapsacks 6 copies; Naruby 5 copies, 1 review. Des Esseintes: Le héros fin de siècle par excellence! Cynique, misogyne et romantique à l’extrême. Aristocrate oisif, isolé, il se livre à une méditation sur.

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Huysmans husymans manage a vigorous quasi-narrative, employing the tools of realism; by describing surreal events in precise, naturalistic terms, he vividly brings even the most eccentric scenarios to life.

The enervated Parisian aristocrat Jean des Esseintes becomes disillusioned with debased, philistine human nature and moves to the rural outskirts of the city. Nature, he used to say, has had her day; she has finally and utterly exhausted the patience of sensitive observers by the revolting uniformity of her landscapes and skyscapes. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Spoiled by a life of decadence, the protagonist retreats to his country estate not for a cure naruhy to indulge himself even further.

Though many critics were scandalised, it appealed to a young generation of aesthetes and writers. The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format. To me it seemed like a damning indictment on the fallacy of aestheticism. Because des Essientes is plagued continually by his own memories of the past, which he obsesses over.

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Please enter recipient e-mail address es. It scarcely admitted—in theory at least—any exceptions to the rule; thus it limited itself to depicting common existence, and struggled, under the pretext of being true to life, to create characters who would be as close as possible to the average narubh of mankind.

Huysmans’s former mentor, Zola, was less impressed and gave the book a lukewarm reception. Now, where did I leave those liquor truffles! If you are, like me, a fan of both Catholic literature and the fin-de-siecle, this is a superb book, as it sets the stage for Huysmans’ personal- and surprisingly fluid- transition from decadence to Catholicism.

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Dekadenter letzter Spross eines durch Inzucht auf den Hund gekommenen Adelsgeschlechts wird impotent und macht die Nacht zum Tage, bis der Arzt dem Einsiedlerleben des Sonderlings Einhalt gebietet. The secret lies in knowing how to proceed, how to concentrate narubu enough to produce the hallucination and succeed nauby substituting the dream reality for the reality itself.

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Would you also like to submit a review for this item? Huysmans is at his strongest in passages of sensual pleasure. For example, I could have done without the chapter enumerating Christian authors from the late Roman period to Des Esseinte’s contemporaries, none of which I had ever heard of much less read. There, near the breeding ground of intellectual aberrations and diseases of the mind — the mystical tetanus, the burning fever of lust, the typhoids and yellow fevers of crime — he had found, hatching in the dismal forcing-house of ennuithe frightening climacteric of thoughts and emotions.

He builds a hothouse for monstrous, grotesque and poisonous plants and dreams of a symbolic, syphilitic plant woman. What’s interesting about that is that by taking a sympathetic but critical view of des Essientes we can see a precursor for a lot of the movements in 20th Century arts – Warhol, Bowie, etc.

It was the heyday of Naturalism, but this school, which should have rendered the inestimable service of giving us real characters in precisely described settings, had ended up harping on the same old themes and was treading water.

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Its key weakness, and why I can’t rate it higher, is that its enumerations made parts of it tedious and impenetrable for anyone lacking a 19th century aristocrat’s education. I just seem to have a hard time connecting with French writers It is the front bookend, with an argument to be made that Monsieur De Phocas could stand as the opposite bookend.


He then cancels his trip and returns home, convinced that only disillusion would await him if he were to follow through with his plans. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your huuysmans that this library is a favorite of yours. The aims of aesthetic creation as hutsmans artificial, as stimulating emotions in ways that nature cannot hope to equal, are brilliantly captured in passages such as this, almost prescient of what we now try to achieve through Virtual Reality headsets and the like: Jean des Esseintes is the last member of a powerful and once proud noble family.

There are lengthy discussions on aesthetics, for example, as Des Esseintes decides on the right colours for each of his rooms. I have to hold my hands up here to the fact it has taken me three years of dipping in and out to read this book, but some books just like that, I guess: It’s interesting in its perversity, it’s ability to indulge the mildest of self-transgressions, but it never quite lifts off.

Lloyd James Flammarion, p. Could he possibly bear to live without all those damn fools? He waxes rhapsodical about the reveries and phantasies of different perfumes and the effects of color choices when painting rooms. The E-mail Address es field is required.

My take-away is husmans even art naryby tries to go beyond morality understood as the conventional morality of a majority has its own code of morals, of what is naruyb and bad – and therefore trying to make amoral art might just be logically impossible. A lot of the novel is comprised of criticisms of literature.