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Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848–1907)

Autor(a) de Against Nature

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Obras por Joris-Karl Huysmans

Against Nature (1884) — Autor — 3,544 exemplares
La-Bas (Down There) (1891) 1,363 exemplares
With the Flow (1882) 213 exemplares
The Cathedral (1898) 184 exemplares
En Route (1895) 177 exemplares
Becalmed (1887) 145 exemplares
Marthe: The Story of a Whore (1876) 103 exemplares
Parisian Sketches (1880) 87 exemplares
The Oblate of St. Benedict (1903) 73 exemplares
Saint Lydwine of Schiedam (1979) 56 exemplares
Grünewald (1958) 44 exemplares
Living Together (1881) 43 exemplares
A Dilemma (1998) 41 exemplares
The Vatard Sisters (1879) 40 exemplares
The Crowds of Lourdes (1906) 33 exemplares
Monsieur Bougran in Pension (1984) 22 exemplares
Knapsacks (2008) 21 exemplares
Romans et nouvelles (2019) 21 exemplares
Sac au dos ; À vau l'eau (2007) 14 exemplares
Down Stream and Other Works (1927) 12 exemplares
Gilles de Rais (2007) 11 exemplares
Voorkeuren (2001) 11 exemplares
Grünewald (1951) 11 exemplares
En ménage - À vau-l'eau (1975) 10 exemplares
De Bièvre (1983) 8 exemplares
In Holland (2001) 8 exemplares
A Dish of Spices (1874) 6 exemplares
Marthe | The Vatard Sisters (1991) 6 exemplares
Paris (1994) 5 exemplares
Naruby (1991) 5 exemplares
Romans : Tome 1 (1656) 5 exemplares
L'art moderne. Certains (1992) 4 exemplares
La Bièvre et Saint-Séverin (1898) 3 exemplares
Elden / Mot strömmen 3 exemplares
Racconti 3 exemplares
Pages choisies 3 exemplares
La Cathédrale. Tome II (2015) 2 exemplares
Marthe, et autres nouvelles (2014) 2 exemplares
Liturghia neagră (2003) 2 exemplares
În răspăr 2 exemplares
Oeuvres complètes (2020) 2 exemplares
Trois primitifs (2016) 2 exemplares
Don Bosco 2 exemplares
Tersine 2 exemplares
À propos (2005) 2 exemplares
Pour ou contre le tabac ? (2010) 1 exemplar
El arte moderno ; Algunos (2002) 1 exemplar
Sac-Au-Dos 1907 1 exemplar
La Bièvre (2023) 1 exemplar
Chartres 1 exemplar
Récits et carnets de voyage (2022) 1 exemplar
Saint-Séverin 1 exemplar
Lettres à Théodore Hannon (1998) 1 exemplar
Soltanto qualcuno (2018) 1 exemplar
Magie im Poitou. (1996) 1 exemplar
La Cathédrale : Tome I (2016) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

A Documentary History of Art, Volume 3 (1966) — Contribuidor — 152 exemplares
The Dedalus Book of French Horror: The 19th Century (1998) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror (1979) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
De avonden te Médan (1880) — Autor — 55 exemplares
The Second Dedalus Book of Decadence the Black Feast (1992) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
The Garden of Hermetic Dreams (2004) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Sexuality and Masquerade: The Dedalus Book of Sexual Ambiguity (1996) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
The Graphic Work of Felicien Rops (1968) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
The Body and the Dream - French Erotic Fiction 1464-1900 (1983) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
The Magicians: Occult Stories (1972) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Decadence and Symbolism: A Showcase Anthology (2018) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Stories of Scarlet Women (1962) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Le Satanisme et la Magie (1895) — Introdução — 3 exemplares
L'Avant-Scène Opéra : 240 : Strauss : Salomé (2007) — Auteur — 3 exemplares
Opere grafiche 1 exemplar
L'Avant-scène Opéra : 047-048 : Strauss : Salomé (1983) — Auteur — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Huysmans, Joris-Karl
Nome legal
Huysmans, Charles-Marie-Georges (born)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Cimetière de Montparnasse, Parijs, Frankrijk
País (no 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
Prémios e menções honrosas
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (1892)
Officier de la Légion d'Honneur (1905)

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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 | 70 outras críticas | 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. | 70 outras críticas | 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 | 28 outras críticas | Nov 1, 2022 |
Another brilliant masterpiece by one of my new favourite authors.
stiankj | 28 outras críticas | Aug 28, 2022 |



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