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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Naruby : Joris-Karl Huysmans :

A French example of superfluous man. 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.

Novel, French, around late XIX, about a narcisist, egocentrical protagonist who is rich. 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. It focuses solely on Jean Des Esseintes – the ultimate dandy – and his seclusion from the outside world, loathing anything that has to do with the common, the hoi polloi and indulging himself in intellectual and aesthetic pleasures – creating extravagant perfumes, furnishing his house choosing the right colours for the walls takes him a few pagessetting gems into the shell of a living tortoise, planning a garden of poisonous exotic plants or arranging books in his library his favourite painters and writers take tens of other pages.

For those who deem it a masterpiece, that’s understandable, for those who think it’s nothing more than nonsense, I could agree. And yet, the book’s style does manage to draw you into this character’s interiority, precisely through this exhaustiveness that borders on tedium. 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.

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Spoiled by a life of decadence, the protagonist retreats to his country estate not for a cure but to indulge himself even further. View all 5 comments.

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An unusual book, important too, but, for me, not a gripping one. Schopenhauerhe exclaims, has seen haruby truth, and he clearly expressed it in his philosophy.

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There can be no shadow of a doubt that with her never-ending platitudes the old crone has by now exhausted the good-humoured admiration of all true artists, and the time has surely come for artifice to take her place whenever possible. 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.

Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Montesquiou’s furnishings bear a strong resemblance to those in Des Esseintes’s house:. It’s less like nqruby novel and more like a catalog of the many forms of fin-de-siecle weirdness. I took it to a football game to read because I knew I would be bored without a book. He expects Holland to look as it does in paintings, but cancels nwruby trip as he has already achieved satisfaction from the trip of his imagination.

Trivia About Against Nature. After the aristocracy of birth had come the aristocracy of money. His style is remarkable for its idiosyncratic use of the French language, hysmans vocabulary, wealth of detailed and sensuous description, and biting, satirical wit. Joris-Karl Huysmans, who no doubt has narubu great pedigree for writing, does take the reader to far off places in the mind, there are episodes which are so arrestingly parabolic that they stand out when looking back at the text.

Views Read Edit View history. Ultimately, one does wonder if the person who actually makes the trip is getting something substantively different out of it than Des Esseintes, returning that same day ‘feeling the physical stimulation and the moral fatigue of a man coming back to his narubu after a long and narubt voyage’ p. Motte, Dean De La My take-away is that even art that tries to go beyond morality understood as the conventional morality huysmanns a majority has its own code of morals, of what is good and bad – and therefore trying to make amoral huysjans might just be logically impossible.

However, by the early s, Huysmans regarded this approach to fiction as a dead end. Translated by Donald Davie [10].

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Des Esseintes, a genuine eccentric, not a show-off, spares no cost huhsmans effort in spurning boredom and making his life colorful and interesting. The secret lies in knowing how to proceed, how to concentrate deeply enough to produce the hallucination and succeed in substituting the dream reality for the reality itself.


Can’t you arise From memory, and triumph, grow Today a form of conjuration Robed in an iron folio? Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item I felt as if I were being led forcibly by the arm, with a rather sardonic and uncompromising friend, and made to see the subtle delights of ancient Latin homiletics, grossly fantastic flowers, huywmans poetry of Mallarme, and many other things. You may send this item to up to five recipients.

It’s a sensualist romp through, well, very little, actually, and it adequately depicts the life of a man who has everything in life and nothing to live for. 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. Huysmans predicted his novel would be a failure with the public and critics: Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript.

Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Huysmans’ huysmana expresses a disgust with modern life and a deep pessimism, which led the author first to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer then to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

His early works had been Naturalist in style, being realistic depictions of the drudgery and squalor of working- and lower-middle-class life in Paris. Nature had had her day, as he put it. It’s Zarathustra gone mad! He waxes rhapsodical about the reveries and phantasies of different perfumes and the effects of color choices when painting rooms. Home About Help Search. Your request to send this item has been completed. Though many critics were naruny, it appealed to a young generation of aesthetes and writers.

In sum, this is an original and immersive portrait-in-text of a decadent aesthetic worldview and its limitations. Now, where did I leave those liquor truffles!