This macabre but beautiful work, Les Chants de Maldoror, has achieved a considerable reputation as one of the earliest and most extraordinary examples of Surrealist writing.
The macabre but beautiful work, Les Chants de Maldoror, has achieved a considerable reputation as one of the earliest and most extraordinary examples of Surrealist writing. It is a long narrative prose poem which celebrates the principle of Evil in an elaborate style and with a passion akin to religious fanaticism. The French poet-critic Georges Hugnet has written of Lautréamont: "He terrifies, stupefies, strikes dumb. He could look squarely at that which others had merely given a passing glance."
Little is known of the author of Maldoror, Isidore Ducasse, self-styled Comte de Lautréamont, except that he was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1846 and died in Paris at the age of twenty-four. When first published in 1868-9, Maldoror went almost unnoticed. But in the nineties the book was rediscovered and hailed as a work of genius by such eminent writers as Huysmans, Léon Bloy, Maeterlinck, and Rémy de Gourmont. Later still, Lautréamont was to be canonized as one of their principal "ancestors" by the Paris Surrealists.
This edition, translated by Guy Wernham, includes also a long introduction to a never-written, or now lost, volume of poetry. Thus, except for a few letters, it gives all the surviving literary work of Lautréamont.
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About the Author
Little is known of the author of Maldoror, Isidore Ducasse, self-styled Comte de Lautréamont, except that he was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1846 and died in Paris at the age of twenty-four.
Guy Wernham, perhaps best known for his definitive translation of Maldoror, was associated with the Beat Poets.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
definitely a worthy read. if your like me and like to read alot at a time youll find you wont be able to do that with this book. its a bit hard to read at times, and needs your full attention or the words seem to run together and youll find your self flipping back pages trying to figure out what you missed. Maldoror has plenty of memorable moments in it, such as the scene with the fallen angels hair. if your into the macabre this book is highly recommended.
i'm surprised no one has reviewed this yet. a terribly influential book. i suppose the reason there isn't much on it here is because only aficionados of the obscure, dark, scary & weird seek out this sort of thing. the author warns in the beginning that this book is not for everyone - really a way to tempt even the most timid reader to keep reading. lautreamont has inspired all of us who seek out the dark side. the book, or "poem", can be rough going for the uninitiated, but it is rewarding in the end. let's just say it'll broaden your horizons!