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A Rebours (Folio (Gallimard)) (French) Paperback – 1 Apr 1979
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The following link shows another translation of the same book, you can click on the image to see a section from the start of the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Against-Grain-Joris-Karl-Huysmans-ebook/dp/B0197HPS7G/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1480427985&sr=8-3
If you really enjoyed this beginning then buy and read the rest of the book, but bear in mind it does not get any more interesting. You will read MANY pages about which colours he likes to paint his house with and close to about 50% of it is about his feelings on religious and latin literature: fairly vague in content but very lengthy about it!
I bought this because I thought the concept sounded interesting and I like a lot of French authors like Balzac, Zola, Flaubert etc, if you're in the same boat as I was then you may find yourself disappointed with this - it's basically a waffling bored rich guy with nothing really to say - The excuse for this is that it is classed as 'decadent' literature and therefore that's ok. Try before you buy, that's all I'm saying.
has written a song with the same title.
For the average person I think you need explanatory notes to accompany this. It seems like James Joyce's
Ulysses which is great for academic study although maybe not the kind of thing you'd take on a train or a plane.
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Another problem: perhaps this was not the publisher's fault, but the first book never came. I was sent a second one was a courtesy. It was more than a month from time of order to receipt of it.