A wildly original fin de siecle novel, Against Nature contains only one character. Des Esseintes is a decadent, ailing aristocrat who retreats to an isolated villa where he indulges his taste for luxury and excess. Veering between nervous excitability and debilitating ennui, he gluts his aesthetic appetites with classical literature and art, exotic jewels (with which he fatally encrusts the shell of his tortoise), rich perfumes and a kaleidoscope of sensual experiences. Against Nature, in the words of the author, exploded 'like a grenade' and has enjoyed a cult following to this day.
About the Author
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.
|Further Reading||p. xxxvii|
|Note on this Translation||p. xxxix|
|Against Nature||p. I|
|Preface, Written Twenty Years After the Novel||p. 205|
|Reviews of and Responses to Against Nature||p. 219|
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: July 2003
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 19.7
Edition Number: 2