"All the novels I've written since Against Nature are contained in embryo in that book. Its successive chapters are in effect simply the foundations of the books that followed."
—Joris-Karl Huysmans, Preface, written twenty years after the novel
Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans, better known as Joris-Karl Huysmans (5 February 1848 – 12 May 1907) was a French novelist and art critic and one of the members of the Decadent movement. He is best known for his novel A Rebours, a novel which about a disillusioned French aristocrat who furnishes his house according to his aesthetic preferences. At the meantime, he supported himself as a civil servant.
Huysmans is also known for his quadrilogy of novels centering on Durtal: Là-bas (1891), En route (1895), La cathédrale (1898), and L'Oblat (1903).