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Published:  12:37 AM, 12 May 2019

Joris-Karl Huysmans

Joris-Karl Huysmans

Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans was a Frenchnovelist and art critic who published his works as Joris-Karl Huysmans . He is most famous for the novel À rebours (1884, published in English as Against the Grain or Against Nature). He supported himself by a 30-year career in the French civil service. Huysmans' work is considered remarkable for its idiosyncratic use of the French language, large vocabulary, descriptions, satirical wit and far-ranging erudition.

First considered part of Naturalism, he became associated with the decadent movement with his publication of À rebours. His work expressed his deep pessimism, which had led him to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer.[1] In later years, his novels reflected his study of Catholicism, religious conversion, and becoming an oblate. He died on 12 May 1907 and was interred in the Cimetière de Montparnasse, Paris.

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