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Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848–1907)

Forfatter af Against Nature

111+ Værker 6,641 Medlemmer 116 Anmeldelser 51 Favorited

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Værker af Joris-Karl Huysmans

Against Nature (1884) — Forfatter — 3,599 eksemplarer, 71 anmeldelser
La-Bas (Down There) (1891) 1,387 eksemplarer, 29 anmeldelser
With the Flow (1882) 220 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Cathedral (1898) 186 eksemplarer
En Route (1895) 179 eksemplarer
Becalmed (1887) 146 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Marthe: The Story of a Whore (1876) 104 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Parisian Sketches (1880) 87 eksemplarer
The Oblate of St. Benedict (1924) 74 eksemplarer
Saint Lydwine of Schiedam (1979) 57 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Grünewald (1958) 44 eksemplarer
Living Together (1881) 43 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
A Dilemma (2015) 43 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Vatard Sisters (1879) 40 eksemplarer
The Crowds of Lourdes (1906) 34 eksemplarer
Monsieur Bougran in Pension (1984) 22 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Romans et nouvelles (2019) 21 eksemplarer
Knapsacks (2008) 21 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
À rebours / Le drageoir aux épices (1975) 15 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Sac au dos ; À vau l'eau (2007) 14 eksemplarer
Down Stream and Other Works (1927) 12 eksemplarer
Voorkeuren (2001) 11 eksemplarer
Gilles de Rais (2007) 11 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Grünewald (1951) 11 eksemplarer
En ménage - À vau-l'eau (1975) 10 eksemplarer
De Bièvre (1983) 8 eksemplarer
In Holland (2001) 8 eksemplarer
A Dish of Spices (1874) 6 eksemplarer
Marthe | The Vatard Sisters (1991) 6 eksemplarer
Naruby (1991) 5 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Paris (1994) 5 eksemplarer
Romans : Tome 1 (1656) 5 eksemplarer
L'art moderne. Certains (1992) 4 eksemplarer
La Bièvre et Saint-Séverin (1898) 3 eksemplarer
Racconti 3 eksemplarer
Huysmans: L-bas — Forfatter — 3 eksemplarer
Elden / Mot strömmen 3 eksemplarer
Pages choisies 3 eksemplarer
L'art moderne. [HUYSMANS Joris-Karl] (1883) 3 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Don Bosco 2 eksemplarer
Oeuvres complètes (2020) 2 eksemplarer
À propos (2005) 2 eksemplarer
La Cathédrale. Tome II (2015) 2 eksemplarer
Magie im Poitou. (1996) 2 eksemplarer
Felicien Rops suivi de le monstre (2014) 2 eksemplarer
Liturghia neagră (2003) 2 eksemplarer
Tersine 2 eksemplarer
În răspăr 2 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Marthe, et autres nouvelles (2014) 2 eksemplarer
Les Soers [sic] Vatard 2 eksemplarer
Trois primitifs (2016) 2 eksemplarer
Trois églises et trois primitifs (1991) 2 eksemplarer
Récits et carnets de voyage (2022) 1 eksemplar
La Bièvre (2023) 1 eksemplar
El arte moderno ; Algunos (2002) 1 eksemplar
Chartres 1 eksemplar
Zola: Les Soire de Mdan (1981) — Forfatter — 1 eksemplar
Lettres à Théodore Hannon (1998) 1 eksemplar
Pour ou contre le tabac ? (2010) 1 eksemplar
Saint-Séverin 1 eksemplar
Soltanto qualcuno (2018) 1 eksemplar
La Cathédrale : Tome I (2016) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Aesthetes and Decadents of the 1890s: An Anthology of British Poetry and Prose (1981) — Bidragyder — 175 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
A Documentary History of Art, Volume 3 (1966) — Bidragyder — 153 eksemplarer
The Decadent Reader: Fiction, Fantasy, and Perversion from Fin-de-Siècle France (1998) — Bidragyder — 132 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Dedalus Book of French Horror: The 19th Century (1997) — Bidragyder — 83 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror (1979) — Bidragyder — 76 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
De avonden te Médan (1880) — Forfatter — 55 eksemplarer
The Second Dedalus Book of Decadence the Black Feast (1992) — Bidragyder — 51 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Garden of Hermetic Dreams (2004) — Bidragyder — 34 eksemplarer
Sexuality and Masquerade: The Dedalus Book of Sexual Ambiguity (1996) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer
The Graphic Work of Felicien Rops (1968) — Bidragyder — 29 eksemplarer
The Body and the Dream - French Erotic Fiction 1464-1900 (1983) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
The Magicians: Occult Stories (1972) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer
Decadence and Symbolism: A Showcase Anthology (2018) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Stories of Scarlet Women (1962) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
Le Satanisme et la Magie (1895) — Introduktion — 3 eksemplarer
L'Avant-Scène Opéra : 240 : Strauss : Salomé (2007) — Auteur — 3 eksemplarer
Opere grafiche 1 eksemplar
L'Avant-scène Opéra : 047-048 : Strauss : Salomé (1983) — Auteur — 1 eksemplar

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‘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 andre anmeldelser | 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.… (mere)
d.v. | 70 andre anmeldelser | 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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RandyStafford | 28 andre anmeldelser | Nov 1, 2022 |
Another brilliant masterpiece by one of my new favourite authors.
stiankj | 28 andre anmeldelser | Aug 28, 2022 |



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