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Published by Edinburgh University Press for the University of Durham in Edinburgh .
Written in English


  • Huysmans, J.-K. 1848-1907 -- Criticism and interpretation.,
  • French fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [160]-173) and index.

StatementChristopher Lloyd.
LC ClassificationsPQ2309.H4 Z654 1990
The Physical Object
Paginationvii, 180 p. ;
Number of Pages180
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1603502M
ISBN 100748601716
LC Control Number91139804

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He is most famous for the novel À rebours (, published in English as Against the Grain or Against Nature). He supported himself by a year career in the French civil service. Huysmans' work is considered remarkable for its idiosyncratic use of the French language, large vocabulary, descriptions, satirical wit and far-ranging erudition.   Born in Paris in and acknowledged as a principal architect of the fin-de-siècle imagination, Joris-Karl Huysmans was a career civil servant who wrote ten novels, most notably A Rebours (). The premise of the novel is simple and follows the seclusion of Jean des Esseintes, the last member of a once powerful and noble family. Having lived an extremely decadent life in 19th-century bourgeois Parisian society, Des Esseintes finds himself disgusted with . ThriftBooks sells millions of used books at the lowest everyday prices. We personally assess every book's quality and offer rare, out-of-print treasures. We deliver the joy of reading in % recyclable packaging with free standard shipping on US orders over $