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Against Nature: A Rebours (Oxford World's Classics) Reissue Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0199555116
ISBN-10: 0199555117
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About the Author

J.K.Huysmans began writing as a naturalist in the style of Zola. .He changed from being an obscure author and art critic to one of the most famous authors of his day with the publication of A Rebours (Against Nature) in 1884. His novel about Satanism, La-Bas (1891)is the cult novel of the nineteenth century.

Nicholas White obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University and currently serves as chair of the philosophy department at the University of California, Irvine. He specializes in Greek philosophy, epistemology, and ethics, having written several books and articles on each of these topics.

Mauldon hs worked as a translator since 1987.
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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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