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La-Bas

By Huysmans, Joris-Karl

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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: La-Bas  
Author: Huysmans, Joris-Karl
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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Huysmans, J. K. (n.d.). La-Bas. Retrieved from http://www.netlibrary.net/


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You believe pretty thoroughly in these things, or you wouldn't abandon the eternal triangle and the other stock subjects of the modern novelists to write the story of Gilles de Rais, and after a silence Des Hermies added, I do not object to the latrine; hospital; and workshop vocabulary of naturalism. For one thing, the subject matter requires some such diction. Again, Zola, in L'Assommoir, has shown that a heavy-handed artist can slap words together hit-or-miss and give an effect of tremendous Power. I do not really care how the naturalists maltreat language, but I do strenuously object to the earthiness of their ideas. They have made our literature the incarnation of materialism and they glorify the democracy of art! Say what you will, their theory is pitiful, and their tight little method squeezes all the life out of them. Filth and the flesh are their all in all. They deny wonder and reject the extra-sensual. I don't believe they would know what you meant if you told them that artistic curiosity begins at the very point where the senses leave off.

Table of Contents
· CHAPTER I · CHAPTER II · CHAPTER III · CHAPTER IV · CHAPTER V · CHAPTER VI · CHAPTER VII · CHAPTER VIII · CHAPTER IX · CHAPTER X · CHAPTER XI · CHAPTER XII · CHAPTER XIII · CHAPTER XIV · CHAPTER XV · CHAPTER XVI · CHAPTER XVII · CHAPTER XVIII · CHAPTER XIX · CHAPTER XX · CHAPTER XXI · CHAPTER XXII

 

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