Against Nature (A Rebours)

By Joris Karl Huysmans, John Howard (translator),

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Against Nature (A Rebours)By Joris-Karl Huysmans, John Howard (Translated by)

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This is my recommended therapy against the expected and mundane, a complete inversion of values from late nineteenth-century France. Against Nature (from the French A Rebours) is a refreshingly plotless decadent novel about an aristocratic aesthete, Jean Des Esseintes, who, having grown disgusted with society, retreats into his house to contemplate higher things. These include a tortoise which he plates in gold and encrusts with jewels to highlight the colours on a Persian rug. This book made me want to give up wearing socks.

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