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Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848–1907)

Autor(a) de Against Nature

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Obras de Joris-Karl Huysmans

Against Nature (1884) — Autor — 3,560 cópias
La-Bas (Down There) (1891) 1,366 cópias
With the Flow (1882) 216 cópias
The Cathedral (1898) 185 cópias
En Route (1895) 177 cópias
Becalmed (1887) 145 cópias
Marthe: The Story of a Whore (1876) 104 cópias
Parisian Sketches (1880) 87 cópias
The Oblate of St. Benedict (1903) 73 cópias
Saint Lydwine of Schiedam (1979) 56 cópias
Grünewald (1958) 44 cópias
Living Together (1881) 43 cópias
A Dilemma (1998) 41 cópias
The Vatard Sisters (1879) 40 cópias
The Crowds of Lourdes (1906) 33 cópias
Monsieur Bougran in Pension (1984) 22 cópias
Romans et nouvelles (2019) 21 cópias
Knapsacks (2008) 21 cópias
Sac au dos ; À vau l'eau (2007) 14 cópias
Down Stream and Other Works (1927) 12 cópias
Grünewald (1951) 11 cópias
Voorkeuren (2001) 11 cópias
Gilles de Rais (2007) 11 cópias
En ménage - À vau-l'eau (1975) 10 cópias
In Holland (2001) 8 cópias
De Bièvre (1983) 8 cópias
Marthe | The Vatard Sisters (1991) 6 cópias
A Dish of Spices (1874) 6 cópias
Paris (1994) 5 cópias
Naruby (1991) 5 cópias
Romans : Tome 1 (1656) 5 cópias
L'art moderne. Certains (1992) 4 cópias
Racconti 3 cópias
Pages choisies 3 cópias
Oeuvres complètes (2020) 2 cópias
La Cathédrale. Tome II (2015) 2 cópias
Magie im Poitou. (1996) 2 cópias
À propos (2005) 2 cópias
Don Bosco 2 cópias
Liturghia neagră (2003) 2 cópias
Tersine 2 cópias
În răspăr 2 cópias
Trois primitifs (2016) 2 cópias
Marthe, et autres nouvelles (2014) 2 cópias
Chartres 1 exemplar(es)
El arte moderno ; Algunos (2002) 1 exemplar(es)
Récits et carnets de voyage (2022) 1 exemplar(es)
La Bièvre (2023) 1 exemplar(es)
Lettres à Théodore Hannon (1998) 1 exemplar(es)
Pour ou contre le tabac ? (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
Saint-Séverin 1 exemplar(es)
Soltanto qualcuno (2018) 1 exemplar(es)
La Cathédrale : Tome I (2016) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

A Documentary History of Art, Volume 3 (1966) — Contribuinte — 153 cópias
The Dedalus Book of French Horror: The 19th Century (1998) — Contribuinte — 82 cópias
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror (1979) — Contribuinte — 76 cópias
De avonden te Médan (1880) — Autor — 55 cópias
The Second Dedalus Book of Decadence the Black Feast (1992) — Contribuinte — 50 cópias
The Garden of Hermetic Dreams (2004) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
The Graphic Work of Felicien Rops (1968) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
The Body and the Dream - French Erotic Fiction 1464-1900 (1983) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
The Magicians: Occult Stories (1972) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Decadence and Symbolism: A Showcase Anthology (2018) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Stories of Scarlet Women (1962) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Le Satanisme et la Magie (1895) — Introdução — 3 cópias
L'Avant-Scène Opéra : 240 : Strauss : Salomé (2007) — Auteur — 3 cópias
Opere grafiche 1 exemplar(es)
L'Avant-scène Opéra : 047-048 : Strauss : Salomé (1983) — Auteur — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Huysmans, Joris-Karl
Nome de batismo
Huysmans, Charles-Marie-Georges (born)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Cimetière de Montparnasse, Parijs, Frankrijk
País (para mapa)
Local de nascimento
Paris, Seine, France
Local de falecimento
Paris, France
Causa da morte
Locais de residência
Paris, Seine, France
11,rue Suger (actuel 9) 6ème arrondissement de Paris (actuel 9)
Critique d'art
Emile Zola (ami)
French Ministry of the Interior
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (1892)
Officier de la Légion d'Honneur (1905)
Pequena biografia
Born Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans to Godfried Huysmans and Malvina Badin.



‘Do unto others as you would not have them do unto you.’

A gloriously decadent piece of literature that spreads its rancour across all five senses. However, it certainly isn’t as evil as Wilde made it out to be - Des Esseintes is just a feeble misanthrope clinging onto antiquity. This work kind of struck me as a 19th century version of Ellis’ American Psycho to the extent that there are pages upon pages of vacuous minutiae concerning exotic plants, meticulous lighting, various perfumes etc. - I will be the first to admit that that is a crude analogy, but it works.

The exaggerated advocacy for the artificial over Nature found in here was also appreciated, serving as a spit in the face against the exsanguinated prose of Naturalism that was all the rage at the time of the book’s inception. It’s difficult to know whether to take it as Huysman’s own bitter condemnation of the Naturalist school of thought he had just left or as a fully fledged, detached satire. Either way it’s worth the price of admission just for the literary criticism of Baudelaire, Mallarmé and Poe that is strewn throughout. On top of these three figures there are also a whole litany of forgotten Christian and secular authors, giving ample material to the prospective reader to create a reading list that’s well off of the beaten path.
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theoaustin | outras 73 resenhas | May 19, 2023 |
"Infatti, quando il tempo in cui l'uomo di talento si trova forzato a vivere è stupido e piatto, l'artista, anche a propria insaputa, è assillato dalla nostalgia di un altro secolo".

Ci sono libri che giungono come meteore nel percorso di un lettore e così è per me ora con À rebours, di fatto ignorato fino a ora e arrivato quasi per caso. Non solo decadentismo: un viaggio che potrebbe essere senza fine (in fondo il libro è breve, purtroppo) dalla superficie alla profondità delle cose, in cerca dell'essenza, guidati dalla mania, dal dettaglio. Quanto diavolo in questo libro! Un caleidoscopio di parole, una continua sorpresa. Un libro assolutamente fuori moda, che ricorda quanto manca un po' di Des Esseintes alla nostra vita quotidiana.… (mais)
d.v. | outras 73 resenhas | May 16, 2023 |
While I’m told Huysmans’ À rebours (Against Nature) is considered a jewel of Decadent literature, it’s not clear if this novel is a work of Decadent fiction.

If I’m understanding its definition, Decadent literature, in its English and French varieties, portrays the present as decaying and advocates for enjoying the long fall of civilization with sex and drugs and outré experiences.

This novel votes yes on the decaying society part and no on the pursuit of strange aesthetic pleasures. Rather, it postulates that decay brings mysticism to the fore, and here that mysticism takes on two strains: Catholicism and Satanism.

"It is just at the moment when positivism is at its zenith that mysticism rises again and the follies of the occult begin."

After À rebours was published, that Huysmans was going to have to eventually chose between “the muzzle of a pistol and the foot of the Cross”. Huysmans would eventually choose the latter, ending up as a Benedictine monk. This considered one of the great novels of “literary Satanism”, but Catholics of a conservative bent (it was one who recommended this book to me) also admire the Durtal trilogy.

Durtal’s progression from Decadent to monk is paralleled by three Huysmann novels featuring the writer Durtal, generally considered to be Huysman’s alter ego. Là-Bas is the first of that trilogy.

Durtal’s newest project is a biography of the infamous Gilles de Rais, French noblemen, defender and champion of Joan of Arc, Marshal of France – and raper, torturer, and killer of hundreds of children. The puzzle Durtal seeks to answer is why Rais, “a brave captain and a good Christian, all of a sudden became a sacrilegious sadist and a coward”. The novel will present the story of Rais throughout and conclude with Durtal’s ideas on the Marshal’s motivations.

Durtal’s friend, Dr. Des Hermies, is a man of amazing learning and equally broad cynicism. He doesn’t have a lot of faith in modern medicine or “alienists”. It’s not his peers he likes to hang out with but “astrologers, cabbalists, demonologists, alchemists, theologians, or inventors”.

Durtal is similar.

“I learned long ago that there are no people interesting to know except saints, scoundrels, and cranks. They are the only persons whose conversation amounts to anything. Persons of good sense are necessarily dull, because they revolve over and over again the tedious topics of everyday life. They are the crowd, more or less intelligent, but they are the crowd, and they give me a pain.

As for their conversations, well, both men believe “Conversations which do not treat of religion or art are so base and vain”.

And there is a lot of talk about art and religion in this book including the art of bellringing and the symbols of church bells (material supplied by Hermies’ friend Carhaix, a devout Catholic and poor bellringer who also just happens to be an expert in heraldry), demon possessions, “alienist” explanations of said possessions, medicine, Paracelsus, a Third Kingdom of God proposed by a Catholic mystic, miraculous healing, and poisons. I have no idea how many things presented are real and how many are Huysmans’ inventions.
And there is a
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1 vote
RandyStafford | outras 28 resenhas | Nov 1, 2022 |
Another brilliant masterpiece by one of my new favourite authors.
stiankj | outras 28 resenhas | Aug 28, 2022 |



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