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Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion
     

Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion

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by Barbara Scott Emmett
 

How many times had I dreamt of coming across the yellowing manuscript of La Chasse Spirituelle? Inside an old book on a stall in Paris, perhaps. Or in the attic of some befriended ancient. How many daydreams had I enjoyed over the possibility that one day...?
I shook myself. It couldn’t possibly be true.

1872: The explosive love affair between

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How many times had I dreamt of coming across the yellowing manuscript of La Chasse Spirituelle? Inside an old book on a stall in Paris, perhaps. Or in the attic of some befriended ancient. How many daydreams had I enjoyed over the possibility that one day...?
I shook myself. It couldn’t possibly be true.

1872: The explosive love affair between flamboyant French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine rocks French society. They flee to London, abandoning the manuscript of La Chasse Spirituelle to Verlaine’s scorned young wife. When a lawyer's clerk salvages it from a dusty deed box, the manuscript begins its journey down the decades, revealing the secrets and betrayals of its various keepers.

2004: Andrea Mann, disenchanted with life and love, travels to France. Driven by her obsession with Rimbaud, she’s chasing her dream – the missing manuscript. Beside the poet’s grave at Charleville-Mézières, she meets a beautiful young man who shows her a single page – from La Chasse Spirituelle.

Andrea embarks on a desperate quest. Drawn into a manipulative relationship with the youth and his Svengali-like mentor, the mysterious Albert, she faces unwelcome truths. The closer she gets to the manuscript, the further she veers from reality.

But is Albert’s copy genuine? And can La Chasse Spirituelle fill the void in Andrea’s soul?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045664097
Publisher:
Pentalpha Publishing Edinburgh
Publication date:
08/01/2014
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
660 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Barbara Scott Emmett has been writing for a number of years. She has had several short stories and one novel published traditionally and several ebooks published by digital publishers Pentalpha Publishing Edinburgh. Please leave a review of any book you read - we do like to know what readers think.

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Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
wordsandpeace More than 1 year ago
A perfect Rimbaldian novel in honor of the great French poet! I am afraid the French poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) may not be very well known from English speaking readers. The literary novel is built in three parts all entitled with famous words or works by Rimbaud: 1.Derangement of all senses (Le dérèglement de tous les sens). 2. Life is a farce. He wrote: “Life is a farce we all must play“ 3. A Season in Hell (Une saison en enfer) – which is the name of one of his most famous poems, an extended poem in prose written in 1873. Intertwined within these 3 parts are 8 different tracks to follow. At first, it seemed confusing and I had to take notes, but then everything made sense. It is also a wonderful way of conveying the confusion experienced by Rimbaud himself and of creating a perfectly Rimbaldian and delusional atmosphere: 1.Terence Tanfield’s Blog – in 2004. Through the internet and Google, he tries to track down what happened to La chasse spirituelle, this mysterious missing manuscript some Rimbaud’s specialists think is still somewhere. Is this manuscript for real, or another fake, like the one that showed up in the 1940s and was eventually identified as a hoax put together by several authors? But will he live long enough to find out? 2.Andrea Mann – in 2004. She teaches business French in a private school. Her partner Patsy left her. In the ambiance of Rimbaud’s life, see next entry #3, it made sense to make Andrea a lesbian. Distraught, she focuses on her other passion, Rimbaud. She visits Charleville-Mézières, Rimbaud’s home town, with its Rimbaud’s museum. At his tomb, she meets a young guy pretending to be Rimbaud reincarnated. He has papers entitled La chasse spirituelle. She always dreamed of discovering this text, so this is enough to pull her in into a crazy adventure with that mysterious creature and his weirdo friend Albert, a magician? A hypnotist? 3.Diary of Mathilde Verlaine – in 1871-1872. Paul Verlaine, another great poet of the time, was married and had a son with her, but Verlaine and Rimbaud were also lovers, with quite animated and complicated relationships. 4.Journal by Rimbaud – in 1871-1872. Written in France, England, and Belgium, it illustrates his relationship with Verlaine, with lots of cat-and-mouse play, sex, and violence. 5.The secret papers of Jean Martins – in 1872-1902. Jean is a legal clerk at Verlaine’s father-in-law’s attorney. A poet himself in his leisurely hours, he can’t but have a look when he is asked one day to put away poetry papers owned by the Verlaines. 6. Letters from Simone to Edouard – during WWI. Edouard is at the front. 7.My Life in Paris and Berlin – 1926-1939. Diary by Aurore Lefevre and her friend Dora, a Jewish girl. 8.The Case of the Missing Manuscript: A Charlie Dick Mystery. Mr Dick is an American private detective in Paris. Someone, I won’t reveal who, comes to ask him to track down the manuscript. Who is she? Why? Will he succeed? How? Through him, lots of missing pieces of the puzzle get put together. VERDICT: With its multiple stories withing the story, Delirium is the perfect Rimbaldian novel to make you familiar with the world of the most famous French poet. Barbara Scott Emmet manages a tour de force by mixing Rimbaud 19th century and 21st century France, as her character chase the elusive manuscript Rimbaud may have left behind. Enter the chase, be ready for the trip!