Houellebecq uses Huysmans in Submission. Is he an anti-houellebecq? I ask since his transition toward a more positive worldview was rejected by the MC in Submission. This isn't directly related to Huysmans, but I thought I'd contribute some thought. I might read him (looking for a new book) now that I've seen someone discuss him. This is the first time I've seen him brought up on the internet in ages.
When you describe his prose as flowery, how flowery do you mean? Nabokov tier, or a different vein of purple prose?
Huysmans turned to Christianity to cope while Houellebecq remains firmly against monotheism so yeah, opposing views