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BeschreibungA wildly original fin-de-si?cle 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.
PortraitBorn in Paris in 1848 and acknowledged as a principal architect of the fin-de-siecle imagination, Joris-Karl Huysmans was a career civil servant who wrote ten novels, most notably A Rebours (1884) and La-Bas (1891). Huysmans died in 1907. Robert Baldick (d.1972) translated widely from the French and wrote a biography of Huysmans. Patrick McGuinness is a Fellow and Tutor in French at St Anne's College, Oxford, and editor of Symbolism, Decadence and the Fin de Siecle (Exeter UP, 2000).
Untertitel: notes, chronology, further reading. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2003
Seitenanzahl: 288 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von Patrick McGuinness, Robert Baldick