Against Nature: Joris-Karl Huysmans (Penguin Classics)

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How little has changed! Maybe we, too, are in need of the "consoling beacons of ancient faith" contained in long forgotten books. Although my own life and level of wealth differs greatly from Des Esseintes, I can see part of myself in his immersion in the worlds of art and literature and his absolute revulsion for much of the general run of society and its coarse values (as I write this I have a mental picture of a smirking potbellied husband and his obese wife in their white pants and gold chains waddling into a Las Vegas casino). So, in a way, I am laughing at myself as much as I am laughing at Des Esseintes. The iconoclast doesn’t look left and right to see what everyone else is doing before they act, because their actions aren’t defined by conforming to or rejecting what others do. They have an internal motivation, a philosophy which tells them what is worthwhile and what is not, and why.

Cevasco, George A. (1961). J.K. Huysmans in England and America: A Bibliographical Study. Charlottesville: The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia. The realization of this aspiration implies the rejection of conformity, therefore the advance against the current. Esseintes is portrayed as a young intellectual, in a permanent migration from one social group to another. The empty conversations, the taste for the banal games of society, the inconsistency of his ideas with those of others, and the superficiality of the reception of art - make him realize that his integration in this social context is impossible. The moment he realizes this, he plans his exile from this society, planning to rebuild a universe pleasing to the spirit, away from the " incessant flood of human stupidity ". Nasuprot je diskurs o piščevim nenaklonostima prema određenim piscima ali istovremeno i veliko apologetsko raspoloženje prema pjesnicima i piscima poput Flobera, Poa i Bodlera itd. Zatim je to kritika tendencije modernizovane umjetnosti, društvena antipatija, izvođenje egzibicija sa cvijećem stvarajući samo njemu znane mirise, putovanja itd. Junak ove knjige podsjeća na Manovog Hansa Kastorpa. Bolešljiv, sklon dokolici i neumoljivim hobijima, izolovan od svijeta, eksperimentalan u svom naumu. Osjetno je piščevo saznanje iz medicine, dragog kamenja, botanike, umjetnosti i srednjeg vijeka te čovjeka sa svojim psihološkim svojstvima i bolestima. Čime će se kroz lik Dezesenta i baviti u ovoj knjizi. Kod Uismansa nema fantaziranja već odanost prema onome što je Tvorac već uspostavio. On crpi materiju iz stvarnosti i bogati je svojim riječima, držeći je u svojoj arhetipskoj formi. Daje joj boju, zvuk i jednu egzotičnu evokaciju. Naročito se to vidi kod flore. Ono što su boje kod slikara, to su riječi kod Uismansa. Houellebecq, on the other hand, positions François as having fantasies typical of a modern man: he likes to watch YouPorn. At one of his more suicidal moments, he has a threesome with two escorts in their early twenties. To the accompaniment of dulcet whale songs, he halfheartedly sodomizes them, feeling, at first, no joy at all. But then they begin to pleasure him just so, and he remembers what it is to be happy: “Little by little, with growing amazement, I felt shivers of forgotten pleasure.” François briefly wonders if he might even develop feelings for one of them, a Moroccan woman named Rachida. Alas, the “miracle” of that first encounter is not repeated.Seeing that nowadays there is nothing wholesome left in this world of ours; seeing that the wine we drink and the freedom we enjoy are equally adulterate and derisory; and finally, seeing that it takes a considerable degree of goodwill to believe that the governing classes are worthy of respect and that the lower classes are worthy of help or pity, it seems to me,’ Our Family Station in St Pancras is open from 10.00-12.00 every Friday and we're continuing to welcome schools, as well as families and adult learners to our courses and access events. All our in-person and livestreamed events are going ahead. Other services

For those who deem it a masterpiece, that's understandable, for those who think it's nothing more than nonsense, I could agree. as it's always a read to divide opinion, but I will sit on the fence, comfortable. Odilon Redon: Una maschera suona la campana funebre (litografia dedicata a Edgar Allan Poe). 1882, Art Institute di Chicago. I read this short, claustrophobic novel in the hot 'n steamy summer of 1968.- You may remember that summer. Riots were erupting in the US as Richard Nixon seemed headed to certain victory in the election for the term that ended with the Watergate burglary.He becomes an eccentric dandy. Huysmans writes about the sensuous with a style that has both an economy and a sensuality of its own: But that summer day was a day for trying to get some much needed R and R. I sat in the shade with this book - a library loan. Huysmans's novel, Against the Grain, has more discussions of sound, smell and taste than any other work of literature we know of. For example, one chapter consists entirely of smell hallucinations so vivid that they exhaust the book's central character, Des Esseintes, a bizarre, depraved aristocrat. A student of the perfumer's art, Esseintes has developed several devices for titillating his jaded senses. Besides special instruments for re-creating any conceivable odour, he has constructed a special "mouth organ", designed to stimulate his palate rather than his ears. The organ's regular pipes have been replaced by rows of little barrels, each containing a different liqueur. In Esseintes's mind, the taste of each liqueur corresponded with the sound of a particular instrument. A rebours was indeed part of a 'poisonous' Decadent French literature, and was identified by Arthur Symons as 'the breviary of the Decadence'. However it is important to recognise Huysmans's debt to Baudelaire, as many of the themes and motifs of his book - the egotism, perversity, artificial sensations, finding beauty in 'le mal', the sense of ennui and fatigue - were formulated by Baudelaire in Les fleurs du mal and Spleen de Paris. Just as Dorian reads A rebours in Wilde's novel, Des Esseintes reads Les fleurs, and the scene in which he does so in chapter XII is important for distilling the Decadent character:

Jordanova, L.J. (1996). "A Slap in the Face for Old Mother Nature: Disease, Debility, and Decay in Huysmans’s A Rebours," Literature & Medicine, Vol. 15 (1), pp. 112–128. Dopo un libro come questo al suo autore non resta altro che scegliere tra la bocca di una pistola e i piedi della croce. On the flowers, what "blue cinder" means is not particularly clear, but occidental turquoise, also known as bone or fossil turquoise, does consist of bones buried near iron deposits which develop a blue hue. After such a book, it only remains for the author to choose between the muzzle of a pistol [and] the foot of the cross.'

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Vrlo viješto odmjeren i isklesan roman. Veliku prisnost sam imao dok sam čitao ovo Uismansovo dijelo. Uismans ima tako suptilan senzibilitet da pred čitaoca izvodi jednu pisanu majstoriju koja jemči čist vazduh kontemplativnog života. Svjedočeći u duhu dokolice, pisac nam pruža i neke slike života svoga vremena. Možda ćete se tokom čitanja pitati kakvu to sposobnost Uismans posjeduje pa da sve tako jednostavno prija tokom čitanja. Koje li ga struje vode da određenim stvarima na takav način daje važnost. Kod njega je sve nekako blago a istovremeno bode svojom oštrinom. Kakva samo delikatnost rečenica, kakva uzvišena otmjenost, kakav prefinjen način izražavanja! Roman ima takvo bogastvo jezika i njegova estetika samo budi zadivljenost.

Huysman's Natûralizm okulunun kurucularınan-mış gibi yazılsa da bu eserde tam bir mistisizm havasında takılıyor. Connolly, P.J. (1907). "The Trilogy of Joris Karl Huysmans," The Dublin Review, Vol. CXLI, pp.255–271. Gautier himself had significant 'decadent' credentials - just try his 1835 novel Mademoiselle de Maupin! The hipsters are right: society is trying to destroy you--not your body, or your mind, but you, the part which makes an individual. That's what society is: the aspect of human life that is not the self, but is communal, the part that causes humanity to behave like a colony of ants.Really, it’s pretty remarkable that we retain any individuality at all. I mean, how strong must that impulse be to reject all these things that people tell us we are supposed to be? We are reminded of this shit every day by books, movies, adverts, and assholes on the bus. Sure, we internalize it to some degree, but for a lot of us, we retain an iconoclastic streak that stops us from being taken over completely. Kitabımız Des Esseintes isimli düşmüş karakterin yeni bir evde iki uşağıyla nesnelerin arasından zihin kaçmasıyla bildiği her şeyi sorgulamasıyla akıp gidiyor. the fact is that, pain being one of the consequences of education, in that it grows greater and sharper with the growth of ideas, it follows that the more we try to polish the minds and refine the nervous systems of the under-privileged, the more we shall be developing in their hearts the atrociously active germs of hatred and moral suffering.’ Only, Huysmans leaves us with a scintilla of doubt as to whether these very books are not the cure, but a cause, of Des E's dissolute condition. 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. Artifice, besides, seemed to Des Esseintes the final distinctive mark of man's genius...Nature had had her day...Really, what dullness!...There is not one of her inventions, no matter how subtle or imposing it may be, which human genius cannot create..."



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