Against Nature (A Rebours) by Joris-Karl Huysmans, Robert Baldick

By Joris-Karl Huysmans, Robert Baldick

A wildly unique fin-de-siècle novel, Against Nature follows its sole personality, Des Esseintes, a decadent, sick aristocrat who retreats to an remoted villa the place he indulges his flavor 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 booklet to the current day.

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She said. ” “I’m taking a nap,” said Dakota Fanning. ” “Okay,” said Dakota Fanning. Dakota Fanning’s mother said the potatoes were organic. She talked about olive oil and how she prepared the potatoes. “Well, I’ll let you nap,” she said and closed the door. “She could have come in when we were having sex,” said Haley Joel Osment. Dakota Fanning had a vaguely neutral facial expression. “When I was on top of you, having sex with you,” said Haley Joel Osment and stared at her face until she grinned.

Ming Moon made me chubby. ” She said she was applying for a job at an ice cream place and a fireworks place and as a wedding photographer’s assistant. She had quit McDonald’s. Haley Joel Osment said he had a friend in high school who was paid $3,000 a month to play bass guitar in a band. Dakota Fanning said if she hadn’t fucked up she could play violin for money. She said she used to be good on violin. She said she needed to stop fucking up. Haley Joel Osment said he would help her stop fucking up.

Sorry,” she said on the steel bridge. He hugged her and didn’t say anything. indd 60 7/9/10 7:48:41 AM 61 • Ric ha rd Yates his face with a worried facial expression. He held her head to his chest so she couldn’t see his face and they walked to her house without talking. Friday morning they ran to the train platform and sat in the train. ” Haley Joel Osment read a book he didn’t like then lay and slept. At Secaucus they transferred to the wrong train. They arrived in Hoboken. Dakota Fanning kept her headphones on and they walked with about fifteen feet between them.

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