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Continuous allowances from his father made it possible for Ducasse to dedicate himself completely to his writing.

Comte de Lautréamont Quotes (Author of Maldoror and the Complete Works)

This page was last edited on 21 Septemberat However, the general experience is of slightly nauseated boredom. The great universal human family is a utopia worthy of the most paltry logic. I dreamt I had entered the body of a hog, that I could not easily get out again, and that I was wallowing in the filthiest slime.

A massive crowd gathers round the body. Retrieved from ” https: However as the work progresses, certain maldorod themes emerge among the episodes. In particular, there is constant imagery of many kinds of animals, sometimes employed in similes.

Maldoror and Poems ratings. However, for a 21st century reader, this book is a tremendous bore. It is obvious from the start that there is no actual hate present in his expression.

Les Chants de Maldoror by comte de Lautréamont

Very little is known about Isidore’s childhood, except that he was baptized on 16 November in the cathedral of Montevideo and that his mother died soon afterwards, probably due to an epidemic. The Songs of Maldoror Cover of the first French edition. At this stage, the story is engaging, but not necessarily funny. Yet I could not remain alone.

The horror stories we see now every day on cable television, with vivid graphic gore commonplace and accessible to us sitting in our living-rooms would only be known to Ducasse either through conversation, pictures, books or having seen or done something similar in real life, in my opinion.


To label him thus is almost a kind of comfort. Other times you get your jollies squeezing out the skulls of small children. Some episodes take place in a town or city, while others occur at a deserted shorewith only a few actors. Being 20, I enjoyed the adolescent tone and nature of this prose poem, however I can see how other readers may view it as nothing more than grotesque random scenes with at times almost incoherent babbling. And they gaped back at me, without understanding.

I am the son of a man and a woman, from what I have been told. French Wikisource has original text related to this article: It might be a somewhat lautresmont and unprofessional thing to say, but I am certain that the writing process was exhilarating, and it could not have been so had it not been “burdened” by its classic form, since Ducass “The wish to be a pig is a desperation arising from the inability to be human.

For example in one case, Maldoror copulates with a sharkeach admiring the others’ violent nature, while in another, the narrator has a pleasant dream that he is a hog. Maldoror fucks a shark maybe. I will describe happiness in order to inspire their contraries. I think there are lots of satirical transformations of other authors’ philosophical writings and stories included I saw references on the Net from experts who say mxldoror Ducasse stole entire sections of material, verbatim, from other books of the timebut if so, there was almost nothing I found funny, clever or interestingly done.

Les Chants de Maldoror – Wikipedia

Apart from these opening segments, each chapter is typically an isolated, often surreal episode, which does not seem at first to be directly related to the surrounding material. Grotesque and macabre, Maldoror was something which seemed to me one-of-a-kind.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He was brought up to speak three languages: Once his mental “illness” social abnormality joins hands with tuberculosis apparently a favorite of apocalyptic writers – this one here, Kamov, and many more! Now, years later, I’ve revisited it: Camus was also fascinated about this work and there are shadows of Maldoro Entirely unknown in its time, this work was eventually rediscovered by the surrealists who hailed it as one of the two masterpieces that informed their movement, especially the line: Breton himself later admitted that automatic writing’s centrality had been overstated, and other elements were introduced, especially as the growing involvement of visual artists in the movement forced the issue, since automatic painting required a rather more strenuous set of approaches.

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And what an abundant source of error and misapprehension all partial truth is! Feb 13, Dusty rated it it was ok. The soul does not fall. And I mingled with the crowd, I mixed with my fellow men, speaking my thought out loud! Flocks of starlings have a way of flying natural to them, which seems to be governed by a uniform and regular tactic like that of a disciplined army obeying with precision the voice of a single general.

A fierce and poisonous bit of stuff.

After your death, you will not be rewarded according to your deserts, for if injustices are done you on this earth as you will find out later by experience there is no reason why, in the next life, you will not be further wronged.

The historical record explains this book enchanted many artists who later read this book. Other pervasive themes include homosexualityblasphemy maldoro, and violent crimeoften directed against children.

It is strictly a ‘History of the Novel’ read.