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Joris-Karl Huysmans

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I am prodigiously ugly. I could not keep from laughing. I turn my head toward the side of my bed neighbor, a tall boy of Jewish type, who is sketching my portrait in a notebook. We become friends at once; I tell him to call me Eug. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Alors! This is the 1907 translated version (from French to English), however, what I really wanted was the 1880 French language version. Nevertheless, I read this and was completely entertained by Joris-Karl Huysmans’ short story of a boy growing into manhood through college, war, friendship, and wo

Huysmans écrivit ces deux nouvelles alors qu'il était encore pleinement plongé dans sa période naturaliste. Il était encore l'élève et suiveur de Zola. Cela se sent. Cependant, contrairement à son maître, l'élève révèle une écriture bien différente : la phase est somme toute assez rapide, perlée, ém