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Against Nature

Against Nature - 03 edition

Against Nature - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780140447637

ISBN10: 0140447636

Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans - ISBN 9780140447637
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published:
International: No
Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans - ISBN 9780140447637

ISBN13: 9780140447637

ISBN10: 0140447636

Edition: 03

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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