Books: The Devil's Disciple

DOWN THERE (La-Bas) (317 pp.) —Joris-Karl Huysmans, translated by Keene Wallis — University Books ($5).

"With his hooked paw. the Devil drew me toward God," wrote a crazy mixed-up Frenchman named Joris-Karl Huysmans. He was never so crazy as when he earnestly took up diabolism. The record of his descent to the depths among the witches and warlocks of Paris was written in the first year of the '90s, and nothing more appalling appeared in the rest of that de cadent decade. Là-Bas, now republished in the U.S., might well call to the mind...

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