Downstream is the best example of what the French naturalists wanted a novel to be. It is also the shortest and most autobiographical of Huysmans's works and therefore serves as a wonderful introduction for the contemporary reader to the pleasures of Joris Karl Huysmans.
French Literature, 4 3/4 x 7 1/4, 80 pages, Paperback, $10.95, ISBN 1-885586-35-3
About the AuthorJ.K. Huysmans (1848-1907), the preeminent Parisian writer, worked, like the hero of Downstream, as a clerk in the Ministry of the Interior.
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