Get this from a library! Naruby. [Joris Karl Huysmans; Jaroslav Med; Arnošt Procházka; Klára Kvízová; Luděk Marks]. Joris-Karl Huysmans, author of Against Nature, on LibraryThing. 7 copies; Paris 6 copies; De Bièvre 6 copies; Knapsacks 6 copies; Naruby 5 copies, 1 review. Des Esseintes: Le héros fin de siècle par excellence! Cynique, misogyne et romantique à l’extrême. Aristocrate oisif, isolé, il se livre à une méditation sur.

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Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848–1907)

He is essentially bisexual and recalls old affairs – a dalliance with a dominant female acrobat who disappointed his expectations, another with a female ventriloquist, and his seduction of a male student. So what does one do when filled with so much contempt for ignorance and philistinism?

It’s interesting in its perversity, it’s ability to indulge the mildest of self-transgressions, but it never quite lifts off. Could someonr please tell me the name of the painting on this covet, and, if possible, by whom it was painted? Raised by Jesuits, he muses on the conflict within him between Catholicism and Schopenhauer’s pessimistic philosophy.

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Commodianus and J.-K. Huysmans

He has the shell of a huge living tortoise gilded and bejeweled so it can stagger around the place as a source of oddity and wonder it doesn’t live long. Not too long, I hope. His other novels are much hhysmans in my estimation. The humor is dry and witty – there’s a wry section on contraception and the doomed children of the poor, and the “imagined trips” segment is both clever and poignant.


I hope a young person bought it from the library sale and reads it in the bright sunlight. I wanted to like it more than I actually did like it. However, by the early s, Huysmans regarded this approach to fiction as a dead end.

Závěrečná práce: Tomáš Jeniš: Commodianus a J.-K. Huysmans

For example, I could have done without the chapter enumerating Christian authors from the late Roman period to Des Esseinte’s contemporaries, none of which I had ever heard of much less read. The novels are also noteworthy for their encyclopaedic documentation Charles Marie Georges Huysmans was a French novelist who published his works as Joris-Karl Huysmans. Refresh and try again.

Chapter 4 is awash with dissing the classical writers of ancient Rome: Guy ruins his mind by being profligate, then ruins his body by being a hermit. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Maybe Huysmans gets a partial pass — me being on the fence — because he’s half Dutch??? I remain firmly on the fence about this particular book.

Nov 15, Frank rated it liked it. He conducts a survey of French and Latin literature, rejecting the works approved by the mainstream critics of his day. And the doctor gives him some bad news Images like a jewel-encrusted tortoise perishing under its own weight have a mythic quality and chapters can seem like individual exercises, tied together by the Des Naurby plot such as it islike the master narrative of the Arabian Nights or a collection of Dickensian short stories.

Now, where did I leave those liquor truffles!

Huysmans’s former mentor, Zola, was less impressed and gave the book a lukewarm reception. I hated him and his rich boy bullshit, and his obsession with perfectly refined tast Beautifully written but ultimately annoying tale about a decadent and rich recluse.

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To be fair, I suspect Huysmans was never interested in anything except ennui and this novel may well be a pointed stab at the aristocracy and flaneurs. He comments on religious music. In sum, this is an original and immersive portrait-in-text of a decadent aesthetic worldview and its limitations.

He then cancels his trip and returns home, convinced that only disillusion would await him if he were to follow through with his plans. Eventually, his late nights and idiosyncratic diet take their toll on his health, requiring him to return to Paris or to forfeit his life. In one of the book’s most surrealistic episodes, he has gemstones huysmmans in the shell of a tortoise. I read a passage where Huysmans describes the glorious un-naturalness of the guysmans combination of orange and blue.

As the title suggests it – “A Novel Without a Plot” – nothing much happens, so this might get the reader bored at times, but it’s worthwhile reading it, by all means.

The name field is required. Czech View all editions and formats Rating: Hujsmans help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. There is also something of the original ‘hipster’ in Des Esseintes, insofar as the main fault of many of the works he despises is simply that narubyy being beloved by the uncouth masses.