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With the Flow Joris-Karl Huysmans

With the Flow By Joris-Karl Huysmans

With the Flow by Joris-Karl Huysmans


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This 1882 novella, a key work in Huysmans' literary development - prefiguring in its protagonist the figure of Jean des Esseintes, the hero of A rebours, written two years later - is accompanied here by another masterly study of human despair, 'M. Bougran's Retirement'.

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With the Flow by Joris-Karl Huysmans

The lowly, downtrodden Paris civil servant Jean Folantin seeks respite from the boredom and isolation of his life in the small joys of food and the occasional embraces of a prostitute. But whatever he does, wherever he turns to in his quest for some pleasure, his dissatisfaction only increases, until he is forced to realize that he has to abandon all hope and just go with the flow. This 1882 novella, a key work in Huysmans' literary development - prefiguring in its protagonist the figure of Jean des Esseintes, the hero of A rebours, written two years later - is accompanied here by another masterly study of human despair, 'M. Bougran's Retirement'.

With the Flow Reviews

With the Flow is the most complete expression of that pessimism which, even at the start of the twenty-first century, remains central to our self-perception. - Simon Callow

About Joris-Karl Huysmans

Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848-1907) was a central figure of the French decadent movement at the end of the nineteenth century. Today he is best remembered for the novel A rebours (Against Nature or Against the Grain), which had a huge influence on contemporary writers, including Oscar Wilde, as well as on subsequent generations of novelists.

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NGR9781847498342
9781847498342
1847498345
With the Flow by Joris-Karl Huysmans
New
Paperback
Alma Books Ltd
2020-07-24
101
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