Maldoror and Poems

Maldoror and Poems

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Maldoror and Poems by Lautreamont

One of the earliest and most astonishing examples of surrealist writing

Insolent and defiant, the Chants de Maldoror, by the self-styled Comte de Lautréamont (1846-70), depicts a sinister and sadistic world of unrestrained savagery and brutality. One of the earliest and most astonishing examples of surrealist writing, it follows the experiences of Maldoror, a master of disguises pursued by the police as the incarnation of evil, as he makes his way through a nightmarish realm of angels and gravediggers, hermaphrodites and prostitutes, lunatics and strange children. Delirious, erotic, blasphemous and grandiose by turns, this hallucinatory novel captured the imagination of artists and writers as diverse as Modigliani, Verlaine, André Gide and André Breton; it was hailed by the twentieth-century Surrealist movement as a formative and revelatory masterpiece.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140443424
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1988
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 546,839
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lautréamont (1846–1870) was the pseudonym for French poet Isidore-Lucien Ducasse. Born in Uruguay, Lautréamont is best known for his Maldoror and Poems, published in 1869. Maldoror and Poems is considered one of the earliest examples of surrealist writing. While Lautréamont died a rather unknown writer, his work went on to deeply inspire French surrealists such as André Breton.

Paul Knight is a staff writer at Texas Monthly. His work has also appeared in the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Press, the New York Times, and the Texas Observer. He has won national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, and Investigative Reporters and Editors. A graduate of the University of North Texas, he lives in Austin.

Table of Contents

Maldoror and PoemsIntroduction to Maldoror

Maldoror
Introduction to Poems
Poems

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