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ISBN-13: 978-0199555116 ISBN-10: 0199555117 Edition: Reissue

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (August 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199555117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199555116
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.4 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B.E.F. on April 11, 2011
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À Rebours: Un Ménagerie de la Décadence...
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`[A] yellow book. . . . It was the strangest book he had ever read. It was a novel without a plot . . . a psychological study . . . [written] in that curious jewelled style . . . of the French school of Décadents. There were in it metaphors as monstrous as orchids, and as evil in colour. It was a poisonous book'--O. Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890).

Virtually inaugurating the Fin de Siècle, native Parisian J.-K. Huysmans published his masterpiece of the Decadence, À Rebours (literally, `Backwards'), in 1884.

Huysmans's ethos was deeply imbued with the effluvia of Poe, Baudelaire, and Gautier; of course his contemporaries were Hugo, Flaubert, Maupassant, Balzac, les frères Goncourts, and Zola--(to cite the greater names).

Huysmans was betimes a critic of art and society, a novelist of the Naturalist and Decadent schools, and ultimately a fervent mystic of the Ralliement--the resurgence of Romish occultism, superstition and obscurantism fomented by Vatican I of 1870.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 13, 2014
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I was delighted to discover this translation by Ms Mauldon. It reads like the original, flows, glimmers, mesmerises and shocks, right along with Huysmans.

An absolute jewel.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christian Karl on February 28, 2014
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This book is truly an unbelievable satisfying read. One needs to have a pretty high command of the English language to truly follow the ups and downs, the ins and outs of this authors (in a way: rants) about the classics of his era. It's a must read for all serious writers and those interested in the development of modern (speak: western) thought.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter on June 9, 2014
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For me this was interesting more as a piece of cultural history than as a novel. Very interesting little details and vocabulary, but the plot and characterizations are really just sketches.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Madame X on March 5, 2013
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I like this text because of all the notes to help one understand Huysmans' allusions and references...The first chapter is already highlighted because I loved so many of the passages. The subsequent chapters become more esoteric as the protagonist becomes solitary and focused on things versus happenings. I am interested in how it will all end!
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