By Joris-Karl Huysmans, Robert Baldick
A wildly unique fin-de-siècle novel, Against Nature follows its sole personality, Des Esseintes, a decadent, unwell aristocrat who retreats to an remoted villa the place he indulges his style for luxurious and extra. Veering among fearful excitability and debilitating ennui, he gluts his aesthetic appetites with classical literature and paintings, unique jewels (with which he fatally encrusts the shell of his tortoise), wealthy perfumes, and a kaleidoscope of sensual reviews. the unique instruction manual of decadence, Against Nature exploded “like a grenade” (in the phrases of its writer) and has loved a cult readership from its e-book to the current day.
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