Against the Grain (À rebours ) by J. K. Huysmans

Read about the book/author here. This is an image I ran across that reminded me of this quote from the book about the main character, Esseintes, the anti-hero.

“He desired colors whose expressiveness would be displayed in the artificial light of lamps. To him it mattered not at all if they were lifeless or crude in daylight, for it was at night that he lived, feeling more completely alone then, feeling that only under the protective covering of darkness did the mind grow really animated and active.”
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About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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1 Response to Against the Grain (À rebours ) by J. K. Huysmans

  1. marblenecltr says:

    Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    Lamps. When unlit, only to be seen. When alive, powers to allow us to see objects otherwise hidden in darkness. How the items are revealed and understood depends on the bulb in the lamp.

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