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Rikes dumb He could look suarely at that which others had merely given a passing glanceLittle 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 wor The beginning of Canto the First “May it please Heaven that the reader emboldened and become of a sudden momentarily ferocious like what he is reading may trace in safety his pathway through the desolate morass of these gloomy and poisonous pages For unless he is able to bring to his reading a rigorous logic and a spiritual tension eual at least to his distrust the deadly emanations of this book will imbibe his soul as sugar absorbs water”The beginning of Canto the Second “What has been the fate of the first lay of Maldoror since his mouth filled with the leaves of nightshade gave utterance to it in a moment of meditation and released it throughout the kingdoms of wrath? What has become of that lay? We do not know precisely Neither the trees nor the winds have preserved it And Morality who happened to be passing by ignorant of the fact that in its glowing pages she would find an energetic defender saw it wending its way with a firm and direct tread towards the obscure fastnesses and the secret fibres of human consciousness”The beginning of Canto the Third “Let us recall the names of those imaginary angel like beings whom my pen during the second lay has drawn from a brain shining with a radiance derived from those beings themselves They are still born on the scorched paper like sparks the rapid extinction of which the eye can hardly follow Leman Lohengrin Lombano HolzerFor an instant you appeared covered with the insignia of youth within my enchanted horizon”The beginning of Canto the Fourth “It is a man or a stone or a tree about to begin the fourth canto”The beginning of Canto the Fifth “Let the reader not be angry with me if my prose has not had the good fortune to please him You maintain that my ideas are at least singular What you say there respectable man is the truth; but a partial truth And what an abundant source of error and misapprehension all partial truth is Flocks of starlings have a way of flying natural to them which seems to be governed by a uniform and regular tactic like that of a disciplined army obeying with precision the voice of a single general” The beginning of Canto the Sixth “You whose enviable calm can do no than embellish think not that it is any longer a uestion of uttering in stanzas of fourteen or fifteen lines like a fourth grade pupil exclamations that will pass for inopportune and noisy cacklings of a cochinchina chicken as grotesue as may be imagined without trying especially hard; but it is preferable to prove by facts the propositions on advances Would you then claim that because I had insulted as if making light of them mankind the Creator and myself in my explicable hyperboles my mission were complete? No the most important part of my work still remains as a task to be done”Users may expect their own varying results according to the uniue shape of each their prejudices and predispositions The way I will say it is that within these six Cantos of Maldoror Herr William T Vollmann discovered the permission to allow his prose to blossom and his imagination to range

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Les Chants de MaldororK 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 SurrealistsThis 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 Lautréamon Historically important and lyrically brilliant Maldoror is nonetheless a tedious read for those who have accepted a godless universe and survived their tumultuous twenties to say nothing of the immense chasm opened by the twentieth century If you did not know Lautreamont died at 24 you would still know that the text in hand is that of an impetuous and visionary young man Daring works are always necessary but seldom does posterity preserve the heat of the moment from which a work drops cold What he represents takes precedence over how he represents it; in other words the impulse is exemplary if the result is hardly edifying A pungent fleur de mal a rhapsody of nostalgie de la boue not even a Season but a fortnight in Hell a pre Nietzschean manifesto excoriating despair and weakness dogmatic late juvenilia encomiums to a purely affective Absolute beyond the Good veering between deliberately prolix pedantry and faux profound laconic bombast Lautreamont's frisson is by now attenuated and superannuated This is not to say the the experience he pursues is worthless in itself but it demands discerning sublimation But I would still take this bestial menagerie of hallucination and cosmic transgression over the sterile wards of realism any day especially Judgment Day

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Les Chants de Maldoror Ebook î 342 pages ↠ Randarenewables ´ 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 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 st If you have been following my reviews for any length of time you will be aware that there are many things of which I am afraid Spiders Fatherhood Demonic possession Death Yet it is increasingly the shark that haunts my mind like he haunts the sea silently slicing through the darkness until he is upon me intent on ripping out my throat He is a ghoul shaped like a knife blade He is swift and agile madness with the skin of an elephant and teeth like the sharpest shards of glass How feeble how ungainly man seems when compared to this creature how unlike a GodGiven its awesome horrifying appearance and its savage power it is no surprise that Maldoror – the sinister creation of the Comte de Lautréamont who was himself the alter ego of Isidore Lucien Ducasse – is an admirer of and sees himself in the shark Indeed he wishes that he were the son of one and in Les Chants most infamous passage he actually couples with a female inspiring the most eyebrow raising title of any article I’ve ever come across Shark shagger Yet his admiration isn’t limited to these beasts; Maldoror or the Comte sings the praises of the louse the tiger the ocean mathematicsanything it seems that isn’t humanMaldoror was we’re told once a happy ’upright’ child indicating that something or a combination of things happened to effect a change in his personality or character Yet it is also claimed that he felt as though he was ‘born wicked’ and had tried his best to disguise his nature In any case one is led to believe – due to the sheer number of rants dedicated to the subject if nothing else – that an ever intensifying disgust for humanity was at least partly responsible for his subseuent ‘career of evil’ Throughout Maldoror rails against human weakness of character hypocrisy hunger for fame and money etcHowever while all that might be enjoyable especially if like me you agree with the sentiments expressed such misanthropy isn’t uniue or even unusual in works of literature What sets Les Chants apart what makes them a still thrilling shocking and amusing experience is that Maldoror doesn’t simply hate humanity he wants to make it suffer in imaginative creative ways My favourite example of this is when he breeds a pit of vicious lice which he then lets loose upon the unsuspecting public Moreover he openly enjoys these activities so that the book reads like an ode to cruelty and sadism Children one assumes because they are representative of innocence and purity are paid special attention with Maldoror extolling the pleasures of abusing and then freeing them so that one is seen as both their torturer and their saviour He also gleefully admits to wanting to slice off their rosy cheeks with a razor“One should let one’s nails grow for a fortnight O how sweet it is to drag brutally from his bed a child with no hair on his upper lip and with wide open eyes make as if to touch his forehead gently with one’s hand and run one’s fingers through his beautiful hair Then suddenly when he is least expecting it to dig one’s long nails into his soft breast making sure though that one does not kill him; for if he died one would not later be able to contemplate his agonies”Before continuing it is necessary to return to that comment that assertion that Les Chants is funny especially as a lot of the book’s content is without uestion unpleasant sadism is in fact something that I find particularly abhorrent The reason I find Les Chants entertaining rather than unbearable is that they are for the most part intentionally over the top bizarre and vaudeville; and they feature a main character so thoroughly dastardly such that even the nastiest bits are absurd or almost farcical The best example of this is when Maldoror is watching a ship sink and delights in the forthcoming annihilation of the crew and passengers At this stage the story is engaging but not necessarily funny It is when the hero decides to shoot a survivor as he swims towards the shore that the scene is taken into the realm of comedy although you may argue that what it provokes is the uncomfortable laughter of disbeliefSedlec Ossuary or bone church Czech RepublicThere are an abundance of religious references in Les Chants and God in particular is routinely mocked and criticised and doubted Lautréamont says that God although powerful is untrustworthy and suggests that the creation of heaven or the bestowing of any kind of eternal reward is inconsistent with a Being who causes suffering or is prepared to allow his people to be miserable or wretched on earth; in one of the most memorable and amusing passages he imagines God as a kind of blood thirsty tyrant sitting on a throne of gold and excrement wrapped in unclean hospital sheets Of course for anyone who wants to offend who wants to position themselves as anti establishment religion is an obvious necessary target An author intent on writing filth and getting up people’s noses isn’t really doing his job if he doesn’t blasphemeSome critics would have you believe that Maldoror is the Devil which isn’t the strangest claim considering how grotesue and seemingly immoral he is Certainly there is something of Milton’s charismatic Satan about him; and he does harbour ambitions of overthrowing God and taking his place indicating that he is no mere mortal Moreover there is one uite chilling scene in which he endeavors to tempt a young boy into murdering someone who has wronged him Yet I prefer not to think of Maldoror as the Devil as something so easy to digest To label him thus is almost a kind of comfort We may not like the Devil but we do understand him It is therefore far frightening to think of Maldoror as an ordinary man although I don’t believe he is that either“I am filthy I am riddled with lice Hogs when they look at me vomit My skin is encrusted with the scabs and scales of leprosy and covered with yellow pus A family of toads has taken up residence in my left armpit and when one of them moves it tickles Mind one of them does not escape and come and scratch the inside of your ear with its mouth; for it would then be able to enter your brain”So what then is he? For me he is a bogyman a nightmare; he is Nosferatu’s shadow climbing up the wall One might also call him an outcast although I’m not sure myself how accurate that is for you have to want to be part of something to be cast out from it He does however identify with outcasts with prostitutes with whom he claims to have made a pact to ruin families and hermaphrodites In any case what most struck me while I read Les Chants is that Maldoror is essentially a kind of Mr Hyde he is the bad in every one of us the dark side Indeed it is said in the text that evil thoughts exist in all men This theory is given extra weight when you consider that it isn’t always clear who is narrating the book that while it begins in the manner of someone the Comte describing in the third person the outrageous acts and character of another man the majority of it is written as though the one committing these acts is the narrator almost as though Maldoror has seized control of the text and of Lautréamont himself