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Huysmans about 1907

Against the Grain
(A Rebours)

Joris-Karl Huysmans


The best-known example of fin-de-siècle decadence, this novel has been banned and expurgated for years. (We suggest that readers not undertake this book until they have attained the age of 65!) A translation by Robert Baldick ("Against Nature") in the Penguin series is convenient to read and widely available, but we now present a public domain English translation on the World Wide Web, as part of our project to prepare for the coming millennium. A version in the original French is now online at ABU: la Bibliothèque Universelle. (Look for Huysmans under "auteurs".)

Scanned in 1997 from the Dover Publications, Inc., edition, New York. (22190-3 paperbound) Published in Canada by General Publishing Company, Ltd., 30 Lesmill Road, Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario. Published in the United Kingdom by Constable and Company, Ltd., 10 Orange Street, London WC 2.

The Dover edition, first published in 1969, is an unabridged republication of the English translation published by Three Sirens Press, New York, in 1951. [This translation was published much earlier and is no longer under copyright.] The introduction by Havelock Ellis, also from the Three Sirens Press edition, has been slightly abridged for this edition. A photograph of J. K. Huysmans has been added to the Dover edition as a frontispiece.

Standard Book Number: 436-22190-3
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 77-81802

Manufactured in the United States of America Dover Publications, Inc. 180 Varick Street New York, N.Y. 10014


  1. Chapter I
  2. Chapter II
  3. Chapter III
  4. Chapter IV
  5. Chapter V
  6. Chapter VI
  7. Chapter VII
  8. Chapter VIII
  9. Chapter IX
  10. Chapter X
  11. Chapter XI
  12. Chapter XII
  13. Chapter XIII
  14. Chapter XIV
  15. Chapter XV
  16. Chapter XVI

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