J. K. Huysmans

J. K. Huysmans was a French novelist known for his works that explore themes of decadence and symbolism. His most famous work, 'À rebours' (Against Nature), is considered a classic of the Decadent movement.


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  1. 1. Against Nature

    The novel follows the life of an eccentric aristocrat who retreats from society to live in isolation, dedicating himself to the pursuit of excessive aestheticism. He surrounds himself with art, literature, and music, and indulges in sensual pleasures and extravagant interior decoration. The protagonist's obsession with artifice over nature and his quest for absolute individualism and self-gratification are explored, reflecting the decadent movement of the late 19th-century France.

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  2. 2. Down There

    "Down There" is a novel that follows the life of a Parisian novelist who is disillusioned with his mundane life and seeks solace in the occult. His journey leads him to a satanic priest who introduces him to the dark world of satanism. The protagonist becomes deeply involved in this world, experiencing hallucinations and disturbing visions. The book is a deeply psychological exploration of the human fascination with evil and the macabre, set against the backdrop of late 19th-century Parisian society.

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