The Oblate (Page: 1/2)
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Custon-bound first edition of J-K Huysmans' 'The Oblate' (1903)
Towards the end of the nineteenth-century, the French writer Joris-Karl Huysmans — famous for his decadent novel A Rebours (1884) — became engaged in a process of religious conversion. This process was described in a series of novels, ending with L’Oblat (1903), in which his alter ego Durtal, like Huysmans before him, considers entering the Benedictine order at Solesmes.
The monks at Solesmes were forced to make a journey of their own at this time also; under the Law of Associations passed in France in 1901 all religious orders not deemed ‘productive’ were banned, and by September of that year the monks took up exile on the Isle of Wight, firstly