20. Againts Nature - Joris-Karl Huysmans. Famous novel from fin de siecle French decadence. Des Essenties, a product of centuries of aristrocratic inbreeding, retreats from what he considers a vulgar world to an isolated asceticism he considers more in line with his intellect. Obsessed with the artificial, the distillation, and the slightly grotesque, the chapters detail his collection of flowers, his thoughts on perfumes, the suitable colours of a room. Perhaps most telling are his literary tastes: late Roman ecclesiastical works in which he tastes the gamey flavours of aged meat. Needless to say a rather peculiar book.