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Against Nature (A Rebours) (Penguin Classics)

 
 
 
 
Against Nature (A Rebours) (Penguin Classics)
Author: Joris-Karl Huysmans
ISBN 13: 9780140447637
ISBN 10: 140447636
Edition: Revised
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2004-02-24
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $16.00
 
 

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.