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Joris Karl Huysmans


(Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans)
France (1848 - 1907)

J.K. Huysmans was the writer of the French Fin de siècle. His masterpiece was Against Nature - forever associated with the trial of Oscar Wilde - more or less defined the taste of the Decadents. Essentially a writer of disillusion, Huysmans' books chart his autobiographical hero's attempt, and failure, to find some meaning in life. Another novel La Bas (Down There) described the hero's involvement in Satanism. Between these two seminal works Huysmans wrote another: Becalmed (En Rade) - it is their connecting link.
 
Novels
   The Vatard Sisters (1879)
   En Menage (1881)
   Against the Grain (1884)
     aka A Rebours
   Becalmed (1884)
     aka En Rade
   Stranded (1887)
   Certains (1889)
   Down There (1891)
   En Route (1895)
   The Cathedral (1898)
   The Oblate of St. Benedict (1903)
   St Lydwine of Schiedam (1923)
   Against Nature (1959)
   The Damned (La-bas) (2001)
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Novellas
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Non fiction
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Anthologies containing stories by Joris Karl Huysmans
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Short stories
La-bas (1891)