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FREE READ ✓ En rade By Joris-Karl Huysmans ✓ ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☀ En rade Author Joris-Karl Huysmans – J K Huysmans’ Stranded En Rade 1887 published just three years after the iconoclastic Against Nature sees him again breaking new ground and pushing back the boundaries of the novel form StampAking reveries and daydreams are balanced by a succession of dreams and nightmares that explore the seemingly irrational often grotesue world of unconscious desire producing a series of images that are as unforgettable and unsettling as anything to be found in the decadent fantasies of Against Nature or the satanic ob. This novel is something of an oddity written between Huysmans infinitely better known 'Against Nature' and 'la Bas'It appears to hark back to his earlier naturalistic works in that the plot is essentially the Marles couple he with money issues and she health problems go to stay with relations in the countryside and 'hope for the best'The countryside is not of course the rural idyll The relations are almost peasant farmers and are portrayed as both stupid and cunning; disparaging of the visitors as they know nothing about farming and out to exploit them by petty cons such as diluting their wine The place they are staying in is falling apart like their lives and Jacues Marles has vivid nightmares that seem to symbolise his own inabilities to cope with his existenceHuysmans is as expected great on descriptions of the countryside and especially the Marles dilapidated house and the novel does give a sense of people 'stranded' in a situation they can only react to Aspects of the brutalities of rural life such as the scene of a birth of a calf might have been 'shocking' in its day an arm gets shoved up into the cow to help the birth but knowing that it shocked then does not make it interestingThe lengthy dream seuences are well done but the writing is not as lush as as say the descriptions in 'Against Nature' or 'The Cathedral' and again with twenty first century hindsight we can spot the Odilon Redon symbols etc which perhaps robs it of some of its impactIts certainly readable than 'The Oblate' but it still feels minor fare compared to his two famous novels so its not an essential read I suggest 'A Dish of Spices' instead

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Sessions of Là bas King has written an excellent introduction in which he relates the critical history of this unusual work and highlights the contrasts and creativity that made the era of its publication such a rich one to revisit His translation is scrupulously accurate Tadzio Koelb in The Times Literary Suppleme. I enjoyed Stranded En Rade I'm a fan of Huysmans though some of his books are certainly easier going than others Stranded is pretty smooth going a straightforward story of a husband and wife who having lost their money go to stay with her aunt and uncle in the countryside while trying to regain some funds They discover that there's to the country bumpkins than they might expect and things don't go as smoothly as they hoped The manor is falling down around them the wife is suffering from a mysterious malady and the husband has inexplicable nightmares The story comes to an end without really concluding but it's a good read


En rade By Joris-Karl HuysmaJ K Huysmans’ Stranded En Radepublished just three years after the iconoclastic Against Nature sees him again breaking new ground and pushing back the boundaries of the novel form Stamped throughout with his characteristic black humour Stranded is one of Huysmans’ most innovative most imaginative works Jacues’ w. Written in 1887 between his two major decadent works Huysmans appears here in a different mode than either the aesthetic catalogue of Against Nature or the almost investigative journalistic account of Satanism in modern 1890s France in Down There Actually for someone so defining of the Decadent movement he seems notably willing to shift gears from work to work Here he follows a couple of financially insolvent former aristocrats Jacues and Louise who retreat to the countryside only to become lost in a kind of pastoralist nightmare of verdant choking growth rampant ticks and owls that haunt stairwells by night mercenary peasants and all manner of rot and ruin that can beset a once fine estate His descriptive and observational powers are in full force here nearly every page glistens with some insane gem of the natural world amok or menacing Even so during the the novel's many dream seuences which interpose themselves almost without warning as the usually city dwelling protagonist's nerves fray further under this under strain of this undesired sabbatical The surrealists of course took note and Breton seems to have rated this highest even among Huysmans' works Somehow this also avoids a few pitfalls of its time and conception By spending most of the novel in Jacues' perspective we see the neighboring peasants as coarse and conniving and Louise's illness some vague 19th century nervous disorder as a domestic inconvenience But the seeming classist impulses are hardly sustainable when it is so clear that Jacues who has suandered family wealth on bad investments and is constitutionally unable to consider getting a job or to adjust to circumstance whatsoever and not the actually hard working peasants is the ill adjusted one here And just when Jacues' thoughts turn to the most sexist musings on how Louise's illness has prevent her from performing the essential duties of wives carnal or housekeeping we switch immediately into her perspective to reveal her frustrations with Jacues' complete inability to manage their finances despite her attempts a practical intervention it's presumably depression of these matters and not hysteria that lies at root of her illness Despite this they both regret letting their thoughts towards eachother sour and there's a kind of mutual sympathy there that makes them compelling In any event what could just be a tirade against country people or a fish out of water comedy in other hands is in Huysmans' something precise and haunting a story of a deterioration as much internal as external amid verdant phantasmagorias of a relentless natural world