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The Last Songs of Autumn: The Shadowy Story of the Mysterious Count of Lautréamont

The Last Songs of Autumn: The Shadowy Story of the Mysterious Count of Lautréamont


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Tragic fate pursues Isidore Ducasse from his childhood. At the age of two, he witnesses the suicide of Célestine, his mother, on Christmas Eve 1847. At the age of eighteen, holding a baccalaureate and with some of his unfinished Songs in hand he takes on the pseudonym "Count of Lautréamont" and enters the literary world of Paris and Brussels. Rejected by publishers, the young writer abandons his studies and takes on a life of luxury at his father's expense.
The Franco-Prussian War breaks out. Decadence overtakes his guardian, leaving him practically penniless in South America. At the age of twenty-four and profoundly depressed at the carnage of bodies piling up in the streets of Paris, the young writer ingests a mortal cocktail and picks up his razor, thus fulfilling his prophecy: "Upon awakening, my razor, opening a pathway across my neck, will prove that nothing, actually, is more true..."

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ISBN-13: 9781439259238
Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
Publication date: 12/07/2009
Pages: 502
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

The novelist, playwright, script writer, and sociologist Ruy Câmara was born in Brasil. Before turning to literature Câmara pursued a most varied career. Having graduated in mechanical technology, he studied production engineering, philosophy and sociology while also specializing in drama for theater, cinema and television. In 1992 he brought his family together and announced that he was quitting his business career to devote himself entirely to literature. The author lives in Fortaleza, state of Ceará and his work, called by critics a contemporary classic, has been translated and published in more than 40 countries.

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