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En Route

Author: J.-K. Huysmans

Translator: Brendan King  

En Route continues the story of Durtal, a modern anti-hero; solitary, agonised and alienated. Robbed of religion and plunged into decadence by the pressures of modern life, Durtal discovers a new road to Rome. Art, architecture and music light his way back to God.

David Blow

“En Route is interesting in many ways. It is unique among the other books of Huysmans in style no less than in spirit. Here he has wholly put aside the studied bareness and hardness of expression that characterise his earlier method, and the descriptive passages glow with colour and abound in strange felicities of expression...”
The Bookman, 1896

“En Route... has been received with something very like enthusiasm both here and on the Continent, and it is not difficult to understand why. Any conscientious piece of work which deals cleverly with religious problems is certain of attention. A coterie may be interested in a particular problem, a clique may wax enthusiastic over certain aspects and forms of thought; but the great central fact of life – the struggle between good and evil – is of tremendous importance to us all.”

The Academy, 1896

RRP: £12.99

No. of pages: 379

Publication date: 04.10.2024

Re-print date: 04.10.2024

ISBN numbers:
978 1 915568 57 1
978 1 915568 30 4

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