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"Set in late-nineteenth-century Paris, Downstream is the story of civil servant Jean Folantin, a man beset with melancholy induced by middle-aged loneliness, nihilism, and toiling for a wage that scarcely allows him to subsist. His days are composed of office drudgery; in the evenings he searches in vain for a decent meal. His nights are spent alone." Whether Downstream is ...more
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Published November 22nd 2000 by Editions Mille et une Nuits (first published 1882)
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Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspirado en el Filósofo alemán Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848-1907), nos regala esta pequeña y elocuente pieza literaria que nos habla acerca de lo estéril que resulta luchar contra las adversidades y las desventuras de la existencia humana.

El autor retrata el hastío, la inconformidad, los dolores, las decepciones de la existencia humana en el infausto Sr. Folantin quien se arrastra por todo París en busca revertir su vida llena de hastío y soledad.

Huysmans elabora
Ana Carvalheira
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais um exemplo de acérrima misantropia e indiscutível misoginia, sempre presentes neste incrível autor que foi Joris-Karl Huysmans.

Para mim, não possuindo a intensidade a densidade dramática e psicológica de “Ao Arrepio” – que, ma minha perspetiva continua sendo a obra prima desse autor francês, nascido como Georges Charles Marie Huysmans -, este “À Deriva” também não deixa de nos surpreender.

E essa surpresa surge muito por força de uma prosa poderosa, como Huysmans já nos habituara, mas també
Drifting is a short novella of about sixty pages and its subject is the relatively low-paid civil-servant, Jean Folantin. Although he is slightly better off than he was, his wages allow him just enough to pay the rent on his room and enough for his basic meals, but little else. As a bachelor his days are mostly taken up with finding his next meal. There are other worries, such as getting his washing done and heating his room but it is the quest to find some edible food at a reasonable price in P ...more
Spleen and Ennui: À Reboirs Lite from another perspective.
Matthew Gallaway
This book is not the place to start with Huysmans, but is more like a B-side for those who can't get enough of "Against the Grain." (I am one of those people.) The British translation gets annoying at times, but it's completely worth the hour or so it takes to read for the description of finding a restaurant that delivers. ...more
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fantástica.Una obra que se anticipa a algunos clásicos del siglo XX.
Oleksandr Fediienko
Жан Фолантен у свої сорок років працює клерком у Парижі. Він вийшов з незаможної родини і тільки зараз підняв свій фінансовий рівень. Але все одно він залишається майже ні з чим. Всі близькі родичі вже померли, друзі розійшлися, жінки немає. Він день у день прожовує своє життя, як ті гумові стейки, які він завжди їсть на вечерю – здається, в Парижі розучились добре готувати.
Це оповідання настільки схоже на «Навпаки». І водночас ні. Звісно, Фолантен витрачає останні гроші на нові шпалери, штори і
Simon Julius Renatus Vermeulen
Cynisme ten top in deze rake schets van een ongelukkig typetje dat een uitzichtloos bestaan als ambtenaar leidt in het Parijs van twee eeuwen terug. Niets lukt, alles is triest, en hij is ook nog eens mank.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a modestly perfect book
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Per capire megliol'Huysmans di Controcorrente aiuta molto leggere questo Huysmans che segue la corrente. Nella corrente, trasportati dal flusso, nessun estetismo deadente: tutto è squallidamente brutto. Cattivo il cibo: freddo, acido, di scarsa qualità, sporco. Mediocre il sesso: mercenario e fatto mal volentieri. Pessimo il lavoro: ripetitivo, privo di soddisfazioni, poco renumerativo. Brutti gli appartamenti. Piovose e lercie le strade. Nulla si salva. Nella storia senza sviluppo di quest'omin ...more
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"mandolins under balconies" ...more
Marco Freccero
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Un uomo si aggira per Parigi, è un piccolo impiegato che si chiama Folantin. Ha un lavoro nell’amministrazione pubblica, che trascina attraverso gli anni senza entusiasmo. Senza entusiasmo frequenta le osterie del suo quartiere per il pranzo e la cena, ricavandone sempre cibo di cattiva qualità e vino mediocre. Senza entusiasmo torna a casa e rimpiange di non essersi spostato.
Salvo poi, di lì a poco, definirsi fortunato per non essersi sposato.

Questo è lo scheletro della storia di questo libro p
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This novella chronicles a year in the life of a depressive clerk desperate for a decent cheap meal. The bachelor M. Folantin's moods shift with the seasons. As spring approaches, he feels hopeful, determined to break his solitude and reach out to the world (and find somewhere new to eat). He renews a lapsed acquaintanceship but soon realizes it was not worth renewal. He finds a restaurant that delivers and believes for a moment that his dream has finally come to fruition--an affordable delicious
Joris-Karl Huysmans presenta una prolija descripción del Ennui, el pesimismo, y un abierto disgusto y desprecio a la vida moderna.

"[...] La vida del hombre oscila como un péndulo entre el dolor y el hastío. Así que no tiene ningún sentido acelerar o retrasar el vaivén de la péndola."

A pesar de tener cierta carencia de trama se ve compensada por su potencia temática, su claridad semántica y el detallado oficio literario que rebasa a muchos escritores contemporáneos al autor, y a otros tantos que
Sep 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Danielle
Great book. Quick read. Reminds me of Dostievski (sp?) and Knut Hamsum. Definitely going to read more by this knucklehead.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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one of my top ten authors. nothing but hope for modern man and this dilemma he finds within himself.
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Charles Marie Georges Huysmans was a French novelist who published his works as Joris-Karl Huysmans.

He is most famous for the novel À rebours (Against Nature). His style is remarkable for its idiosyncratic use of the French language, wide-ranging vocabulary, wealth of detailed and sensuous description, and biting, satirical wit.

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“ 'But it's all too virility's gone and marriage is impossible. My life has certainly been a failure. The best thing I can do,' sighed M. Folantin, 'is to go to bed and sleep.' And as he turned back the sheets and arranged his pillows, his soul offered up a thanksgiving in celebration of the tranquilising benefits of an obliging bed.” 2 likes
“ 'If only I had a passion of some kind; if I loved women, or my work; if I liked coffee, dominoes or cards, I could eat out,' he thought, 'because I'd never spend long enough at home. But alas, nothing amuses me, nothing interests me; and what's more my stomach is wrecked!' ” 2 likes
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