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Against The Grain

By: Joris-Karl Huysmans
Published By: Double9 Books
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Joris-Karl Huysmans' book Against the Grain was first published in French as rebours in 1884.The piece embodies the decadence of late 19th-century French upper culture in both style and content. Des Esseintes, the main character, displays the crippling symptoms of neurasthenia, a broad psychosomatic condition that was popular at the time.Because of his health, he must temporarily leave Paris and move to his country estate in Fontenay, where he plots his route "against the grain" of everyday life. Des Esseintes creates a routine of exquisite sensualism while sequestered in luxury.He creates a "mouth organ" that he uses to drink "harmonic" liquor mixtures. He grows exotic plants and arranges to have a live tortoise's shell set with gems. Perfumes, monastery music, visionary art, and Stéphane Mallarmé's poetry are among his too polished interests. However, unchecked excess only makes his illness worse, leading his doctor to instruct him to return to Paris. Des Esseintes' request for mercy from a God he only loosely believes in brings the narrative to a close. Although the author wrote the book with a specific audience in mind, it has since become a reference on fin-de-siècle aestheticism.

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Joris-Karl Huysmans

French author and critic Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans was also an art critic. He is well known for the book Rebours (1884, published in English as Against the Grain and as Against Nature). His writings reflected his profound pessimism, which had introduced him to Arthur Schopenhauer's philosophy. In 1848, Huysmans was born in Paris. Godfried Huysmans, a Dutchman, was a lithographer by profession. Malvina Badin Huysmans, his mother, had worked as a headmistress. When Huysmans was eight years old, his father passed away. Huysmans disliked his stepfather, Jules Og, a Protestant who co-owned a bookbindery in Paris when his mother quickly remarried. Huysmans drifted away from the Catholic Church as a kid. Despite his discontent at school, he finished his study and received a baccalaureate. Huysmans served as a public servant for the French Ministry of the Interior for 32 years, a position he disliked. Huysmans never got married and never had kids. He had an extended, on-and-off romance with seamstress Anna Meunier.Huysmans received a mouth cancer diagnosis in 1905. He passed away in 1907 and was buried in Paris' Montparnasse Cemetery.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 171 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9357270035
  • ISBN-13: 9789357270038
  • Item Weight: 205.2g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 9.76 mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Reading age : 10+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / Visionary & Metaphysical, Fiction / Literary