With a title translated either as against nature or as against the grain this wildly original fin de sicle novel follows its sole character des esseintes a decadent ailing aristocrat who retreats to an isolated villa where he indulges his taste for luxury and excessveering between nervous excitability and debilitating ennui he gluts his aesthetic appetites with cla. Against nature in the words of the author exploded like a meteorite and has enjoyed a cult following to this day for more than seventy years penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the english speaking world. The horrible way they treat these is a crime against nature people in the 1930s said my grandparents marriage was against nature im thankful that weve gotten to a point where most people dont think like that any more
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