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Against nature ([New] ed.)

By: Huysmans, Joris-Karl McGuinness, Patrick(Notes by) McGuinness, Patrick(Introduction by) McGuinness, Patrick(Translated by)

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0140447636 / 9780140447637
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20 cm xxxviii, 242 p.
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The hero of this curious novel is des Esseintes, a neurasthenic aristocrat who has turned his back on the vulgarity of modern life and retreated to an isolated country villa.

Here, accompanied only by a couple of silent servants, he pursues his obsessions with exotic flowers, rare gems, and complex perfumes and embarks on a series of increasingly strange aesthetic experiments, starting with the decision to give his giant pet tortoise a jewel-encrusted shell...


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