Maldoror & The Complete Works of The Comte De Lautreamont

Maldoror & The Complete Works of The Comte De Lautreamont


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Equal parts dark, destructive and brilliant, Maldoror blazed the way for the 20th century's boldest adventures in art, music and literature

André Breton described Maldoror as "the expression of a revelation so complete it seems to exceed human potential." Little is known about its pseudonymous author, aside from his real name (Isidore Ducasse), birth in Uruguay (1846) and early death in Paris (1870). Lautréamont bewildered his contemporaries, but the Surrealists modeled their efforts after his black humor and poetic leaps of logic, exemplified by the oft-quoted line, "As beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella." Maldoror 's shocked first publisher refused to bind the sheets of the original edition—and perhaps no better invitation exists to this book, which warns the reader, "Only the few may relish this bitter fruit without danger." This is the only complete annotated collection of Lautréamont's writings available in English, in Alexis Lykiard's superior translation. For this latest edition, Lykiard updates his introduction to include recent scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781878972125
Publisher: Exact Change
Publication date: 04/30/2010
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 246,124
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Maldoror & The Complete Works of The Comte De Lautreamont 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
apc251 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is where surrealism begins. It is a dream within a dream. This along with other symbolists - Verlaine, Beaudelaire, and Germaine Nerval are essential to freeing the confines of one's imagination.
slaveofOne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Chants of Maldoror: epic, grandiose, ludicrous, blasphemous, and foul. This book launched the Surrealist Movement.
slickdpdx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A comedy of blasphemy and evil. Beware "the monstrous snail of idiocy." (p. 128)P.S. The Guy Wernham translation looks like more fun.
poetontheone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lykiard's translation of Maldoror is a profoundly puzzling yet mesmerizing work. It's content is some of the strangest and most shocking in the history of literature. A misanthropic protagonist leads us through tales replete with murder, degradation, and sexual deviance (The oddly tender and intimate copulation with a female shark springs to mind immediately). Contrarily, the language that conveys this madness is often poetic, and at times humorous and conversational. The work explores different narrative structures, often switching between first and third person.Poesies is the exact opposite of Maldoror. The straight forward language condemns writers such as Hugo and Milton for wallowing in sorrow and shame, and argues that literature must always convey hope and that man is by his nature driven to do good. It is hard to tell if this work is a satire or, conversely, if Maldoror is a warning against the very attitudes its protagonist displays. These two works; along with a selection of letters, apocryphal writings, critical fragments, and reminisces by Ducasse's (AKA Lautremont) peers provide us with an insightful portrait of this literary enigma whose work greatly inspired the Surrealist movement.
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