J-K Huysmans' fourth and final Durtal novel


Joris-Karl Huysmans


Libraire Plon, Paris, 1920

Printing Details

Undated, c1920. Reprint, hardback rebound in plain red cloth with leather title label to spine. 18 × 11.5cm, 448pp. French text.

L'Oblat (The Oblate) is the last novel by the French writer Joris-Karl Huysmans. It is the final book in Huysmans' cycle of four novels featuring the character Durtal, a thinly disguised portrait of the author himself. Durtal had already appeared in Là-bas, En route and La cathédrale, which traced his (and the author's) conversion to Catholicism. In L'Oblat, Durtal becomes an oblate, reflecting Huysmans' own experiences in the religious community at Ligugé. The author uses the book to examine the Christian liturgy, express his opinions about the state of Catholicism in contemporary France and explore the question of suffering.


This copy is in good plus condition. The binding is secure and the pages are age-toned. Previous owner's inscription to ffep (and dated 1923).



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