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Joris-Karl Huysmans
Birth date: February 05, 1848
Died: May 12, 1907
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Carmilla Reads
Carmilla Reads rated it 2 years ago
Durtal is an atheist who envies the bell ringer, Carhaix's, faith. Des Hermies is a medical doctor with an interest in alchemy and homeopathy, who mourns the loss of traditional remedies and despairs at the specialism of modern medicine. Both feel they would be better suited to life in the middle ag...
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Bettie's Books rated it 6 years ago
bookshelves: winter-20152016, jan-2016-litricher, e-book, france, books-about-books-and-book-shops, lit-crit, lit-richer, misanthropic, moral-high-ground, nihilism, satire, art-forms, beautifully-put, bellybutton-mining, cult-yah, doo-lally, feckless-procrastination, flowery-language, religion, rom...
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Cecily's book reviews rated it 8 years ago
On TBR from Manny's review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/113257800
AC rated it 8 years ago
This is a brilliant book. Not only is it interesting in and of itself, containing some magnificent writing, but it presents an original and fundamental analysis of the entire movement away from Naturalism (Huysmans began as a disciple of Zola) and into Symbolism (Mallarmé), Decadence, and (hence) in...
Warwick rated it 9 years ago
An ornate, sickly, claustropobic book, full of fascinating discussions about art and literature, and studded with items of outré vocabulary (I still haven’t worked out what mœchialogie means). It is a novel for people who like talking about novels – the plot itself is slim and of little importance. ...
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