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Against Nature

Against Nature - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140447637

Cover of Against Nature 03 (ISBN 978-0140447637)
ISBN13: 978-0140447637
ISBN10: 0140447636
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published: 2003
International: No

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Against Nature - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140447637

Joris-Karl Huysmans

ISBN13: 978-0140447637
ISBN10: 0140447636
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Penguin Classics

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Features a new Introduction, chronology, and notes and reproduces Huysmans's 1903 preface
Includes a section of contemporary reviews and responses from writers including Mallarmé, Zola, and Wilde
A wildly original fin-de-siècle novel, Against Nature follows its sole character, Des Esseintes, 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. The original handbook of decadence, Against Nature exploded "like a grenade" (in the words of its author) and has enjoyed a cult readership from its publication to the present day.

  • Features a new Introduction, chronology, and notes and reproduces Huysmans's 1903 preface
  • Includes a section of contemporary reviews and responses from writers including Mallarmé, Zola, and Wilde

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