Against Nature

Paperback | June 28, 2009

byJoris-karl HuysmansTranslated byMargaret MauldonEditorNicholas White

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`It will be the biggest fiasco of the year - but I don't care a damn! It will be something nobody has ever done before, and I shall have said what I had to say.' As Joris -Karl Huysmans announced in 1884, Against Nature was fated to be a novel like no other. Resisting the models of classic nineteenth-century fiction, it focuses on the attempts of its anti-hero, the hypersensitive neurotic and aesthete, Des Esseintes, to escape Paris and the vulgarity ofmodern life. Holed up in his private museum of high taste, he offers Huysmans's readers a treasure trove of cultural delights which anticipates many of the strains of modernism in its appreciation of Baudelaire, Moreau, Redon, Mallarme and Poe. This new translation is supplemented by indispensablenotes which enhance the understanding of a highly allusive work.

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`It will be the biggest fiasco of the year - but I don't care a damn! It will be something nobody has ever done before, and I shall have said what I had to say.' As Joris -Karl Huysmans announced in 1884, Against Nature was fated to be a novel like no other. Resisting the models of classic nineteenth-century fiction, it focuses on the...

Nicholas White is Lecturer in French at Royal Holloway College, University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.51 inPublished:June 28, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199555117

ISBN - 13:9780199555116

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