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Against the Grain Again is a sewn hardback book of 212 pages with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and d/w.


300 copies


First Tartarus Press printing.


ISBN 9781912586288


Sorry, out of print

Against the Grain Again

The Further Adventures of Des Esseintes


Brendan Connell


In this fine-tuned pastiche, Brendan Connell pays tribute to J.K. Huysmans and his masterpiece, À rebours, offering a novel of hyacinth-drenched decadence, double-dyed in mysticism and infernalia—a novel in which the corpse of old Paris is resurrected, supported by a host of dubious characters and adventures.


Duc Jean des Esseintes, after undergoing a complete collapse of nerves, has left his villa in Fontenay, and finds himself once again in Paris, that city of falsification and blood, where he must face, with what limited force is at his disposal, the coarseness of the world, and attempt to reform his delicate mental and physical health.


This highly enjoyable book will appeal to all admirers of fin-de-siècle decadent literature.


Read a pdf of the 'Preface' and 'Chapter I' here.


Brendan Connell was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1970. His works of fiction include Unpleasant Tales (Eibonvale Press, 2013), The Architect (PS Publishing, 2012), Lives of Notorious Cooks (Chômu Press, 2012), Miss Homicide Plays the Flute (Eibonvale Press, 2013), Jottings from a Far Away Place (Snuggly Books, 2015), Cannibals of West Papua (Zagava, 2015), Pleasant Tales (Eibonvale Press, 2017), and The Metapheromenoi (Snuggly Books, 2020).



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