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Against Nature

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Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans
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The hero of this curious novel is des Esseintes, a neurasthenic aristocrat who has turned his back on the vulgarity of modern life and retreated to an isolated country villa. Here, accompanied only by a couple of silent servants, he pursues his obsessions with exotic flowers, rare gems, and complex perfumes and embarks on a series of increasingly strange aesthetic experiments, starting with the decision to give his giant pet tortoise a jewel-encrusted shell...

Author Biography

Born in Paris in 1848 and acknowledged as a principal architect of the fin-de-siecle imagination, Joris-Karl Huysmans was a career civil servant who wrote ten novels, most notably A Rebours (1884) and La-Bas (1891). Huysmans died in 1907. Robert Baldick (d.1972) translated widely from the French and wrote a biography of Huysmans. Patrick McGuinness is a Fellow and Tutor in French at St Anne's College, Oxford, and editor of Symbolism, Decadence and the Fin de Siecle (Exeter UP, 2000).
Release date NZ
May 1st, 2003
Contributors
Introduction by Patrick McGuinness Notes by Patrick McGuinness Translated by Patrick McGuinness Translated by Robert Baldick
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
notes, chronology, further reading
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
288
Dimensions
129x198x17
ISBN-13
9780140447637
Product ID
1660482

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