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Against Nature (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780140447637
ISBN10: 0140447636
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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

About the Author

Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848–1907) is recognized as one of the most challenging and innovative figures in European literature and acknowledged as principal architect of the fin-de-siècle imagination. He was a career civil servant who wrote ten novels, most notably A Rebours and Là-Bas.

Robert Baldick translated many volumes from the French for Penguin Classics, including volumes by Diderot, Flaubert, and Verne, and wrote a biography of Huysmans. He died in 1972.

Patrick McGuiness is a fellow and tutor in French at St. Anne’s College, Oxford.

Patrick McGuiness is a fellow and tutor in French at St. Anne’s College, Oxford.

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curseten, April 26, 2012 (view all comments by curseten)
Book that inspired Oscar Wilde. More importantly though is the fact that JK Huysmans predicted hipsters in 1884: "Last but not least, he hated with all the hatred that was in him the rising generation, the appalling boors who find it necessary to talk an laugh at the top of their voices in restaurants and cafes, who jostle you in the street without a word of apology, and who, without expressing or even indicating regret drive the wheels of a baby-carriage into your legs." Of course he didn't predict babies in ironic t-shirts, but close enough.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140447637
Translator:
Baldick, Robert
Introduction:
McGuinness, Patrick
Translator:
Baldick, Robert
Introduction by:
McGuinness, Patrick
Introduction:
McGuinness, Patrick
Author:
Baldick, Robert
Author:
Huysmans, Joris-Karl
Author:
Huysmans, Joris Karl
Author:
McGuiness, Patrick
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
OF 03-186
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.78x5.06x.70 in. .48 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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