La Cathedrale

J-K Huysmans' third Durtal novel


Joris-Karl Huysmans


Libraire Plon, Paris, 1920
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Printing Details

Undated, c1920. Reprint, hardback rebound in plain red cloth with leather title label to spine. 18 × 11.5cm, 504pp. French text.

La Cathedrale is the third of Huysmans' books to feature the character Durtal, a thinly disguised portrait of the author. He had already featured the character of Durtal in Là-bas and En route, which recounted his conversion to Catholicism. La Cathédrale continues the story. After his retreat at a Trappist monastery, Durtal moves to the city of Chartres, renowned for its cathedral. Huysmans describes the building in great detail.


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



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