Maldoror and Poems

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One of the earliest and most astonishing examples of surrealist writing, Lautreamont's fantasy unveils a world -- half-vision, half-nightmare -- of angels and gravediggers, hermaphrodites and pederasts, lunatics and strange children. The writing is drenched with an unrestrained savagery and menace, and the startling imagery - delirious, erotic, blasphemous and grandiose by turns -- possesses a remarkable hallucinatory quality.

The writer's mysterious life and death, no less than...

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Overview

One of the earliest and most astonishing examples of surrealist writing, Lautreamont's fantasy unveils a world -- half-vision, half-nightmare -- of angels and gravediggers, hermaphrodites and pederasts, lunatics and strange children. The writing is drenched with an unrestrained savagery and menace, and the startling imagery - delirious, erotic, blasphemous and grandiose by turns -- possesses a remarkable hallucinatory quality.

The writer's mysterious life and death, no less than the book itself, captured the imagination os surrealists. Jarry, Modigliani, Verlaine and others hailed it as a work of genius. Andre Gide wrote, 'Here is something that excites me to the point of delirium,' and Andre Breton described the book as 'the expression of a total revelation which seems to surpass human capacities'.

This volume also contains a translation of the epigrammatic Poesies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140443424
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/28/1988
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 812,683
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Maldoror and Poems Introduction to Maldoror

Maldoror
Introduction to Poems
Poems

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