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chants de Maldoror: suivi de Lettres, Poésies I et II

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De la peste, du pus et des poux : tel pourrait être le leitmotiv de cet invraisemblable petit brûlot, tout entier nourri de violence, d'idées morbides et de délires à la limite du supportable. Et que n'ont pas supporté les bien-pensants de l'époque, les mêmes qui, à Charleville, méprisaient Rimbaud et l'accusaient, comme on accusa Lautréamont, de vouloir tuer la poésie. Ma...more
387 pages
Published 1977 by Presses de la Renaissance (first published 1869)
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Well wasn't that a ride, boys and girls?

Maldoror is a trip, and what a trip it is.

Being 20, I enjoyed the adolescent tone and nature of this prose poem, however I can see how other readers may view it as nothing more than grotesque random scenes with at times almost incoherent babbling.

The lack of central plot, and disjointed style of the story often led me to be confused, but I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing. I appreciate when others try to take a step out of the contemporary novel...more
"The wish to be a pig is a desperation arising from the inability to be human."
- Sreten Marić on Les Chants de Maldoror

The six chants of Maldoror are an untouchable literal success through the scopes of dadaist and surrealist intention and Lautréamont's personal artistic catharsis. It might be a somewhat subjective and unprofessional thing to say, but I am certain that the writing process was exhilarating, and it could not have been so had it not been "burdened" by its classic form, since Ducass...more
Third line: "It would not be well that all men should read the pages that are to follow; a few only may savor their bitter fruit without danger."
Well you know what mysterious French guy from the 1800s? I fucking loved it.
I was assigned to read two short excerpts of this for class, and instead of getting through it with the minimum pieces of flair, I read the whole thing. I couldn't not (fuck you double negative police.) This book is consider the ancestor of surrealism, and having been written in...more
Les Chantes de Maldoror is best known for the praise afforded to it by the Surrealists. Of course, their infatuation is completely understandable: within these hallucinogenic pages, one may find the now famous line comparing beauty to "the random encounter between an umbrella and a sewing-machine upon a dissecting-table." But despite the obvious temptation, I strongly believe that we should avoid viewing Isidore Ducasse's magnum opus through the anachronistic lens of influence—i.e., as a "dark p...more
This is THE BOOK! And when I say that, I mean it. Isidore Ducasse, Better Known as The Count of Lautréamont, is the "L'enfant terrible" by excellence. When you read the poetry of these pages, get prepared for all the misantrophy and rage emanated from the letters, but behind all you will meet the solitude of a young spirit confronted with the hipocrisy and banality of a cowardly society. Maldoror will make you laugh, cry, love, hate, live and die; he is the avatar of rebeldy, and with beautiful...more
I'm not impressed. There's no plot and no structure, just page after page of debauchery. It's like one of the more ridiculous sections of Naked Lunch, but for 300 pages. It is kind of funny sometimes, though, like when the narrator has sex with a shark. I thought only Led Zeppelin groupies did that.
Deha denenlerden. Gözlem gücü çok kuvvetli, bunları dışa vurması hakeza. Gerçeküstücülüğün yivini geleceği okuyabilmesi yönüyle eşleştirebiliriz. Boyut katabildiği bu alanda payını ancak realizm alabilmiş. Burada belki eleştirilebilir ama Lautreamont'un burada biz okuyucuları çift yönlü blokelediğini unutmayalım. Öncelikle Maldoror kötüye ait değil, kötü Maldoror'un parçası. Böyle bir şairanelikle bu konuyu kendisi aydınlatıyor. Sonrasında Lautreamont bize -bile isteye- saldırmıyor, çünkü, kendi...more
Bernardita Labourdette
Otra de las figuras obscurecidas por su obra, si bien las dos pueden unirse, el falso conde nace en Montevideo en 1846, hijo de un diplomático francés, después de vivir en Uruguay algunos años, es enviado a Francia, primero a un colegio en Tarbes y enseguida al Liceo de Pau, que también era un internado. Conoce allí a Paul Lespes, condiscípulo, uno de los pocos que guarda memorias de un Ducasse adolescente (características que una vez más coinciden extrañamente con el célebre estereotipo gótico)...more
Aug 30, 2013 Jessica marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because I'd seen it on some list of (weirder) Gothic novels. While I can see how it could very easily have been influenced by Lewis's The Monk (possibly via Sade), it didn't really have any sort of Gothic feel that I could discern. But I also had no idea what was going on half the time, so who knows.

Lykiard's translation was poetic, but after the initial shock!gasp! sensation wore off (around page 20), I wanted more narrative. So... maybe I'll pick it up again when I'm in more o...more
Entirely unknown in its time, this work was eventually rediscovered by the surrealists who hailed it as one of the two masterpieces that informed their movement, especially the line: "The chance encounter on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella." "The Songs of Maldoror" is a long imagistic prose poem about a relentless and possibly demonic anti-hero who has renounced God, mankind, and ultimately himself. Camus was also fascinated about this work and there are shadows of Maldoro...more
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Sam Fetters
this book is only impossible to put down because the reader hopes for the defeat of the protagonist, a vile sociopath that speaks of committing such cruel and devilish and self-aggrandizing acts against humanity in a casual, off-the-cuff manner. a classic examination of human ego and french surrealism at its best.
Poema satanico, composto da sei canti in prosa, che esprimono tutto il feroce disprezzo del diabolico Maldoror, nei confronti della società, di Dio, e dell'uomo. Forse, secondi per crudelta' solo al Marchese de Sade, questi versi costituiscono un opera fondamentale ed insuperata della letteratura " maledetta" dell'800, grazie ad uno stile visionario e soffocante. Qui, il romanticismo dei canti si spoglia dei panni dell'amore, e tramite un operazione deformante riveste quelli dell'odio, stordendo...more
Feb 01, 2010 Elizabeth marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Achim Freyer, the visionary Brechtian painter and theater artist, wants to mount a production of this novel. It's also been cited as an inspiration by Surrealist painters including Salvador Dali and marcel Duchamp. I'm sufficiently curious.
Octavio Villalpando
"los Cantos de Maldoror" es una obra de lo más peculiar, difícil de degustar si no se está dispuesto a tomarse el tiempo necesario para dimensionar adecuadamente cada una de las palabras de las que están compuestos, ¡y vaya que toma trabajo! De entrada el autor logra despertar el morbo del lector arengándolo a no proseguir con la lectura mientras tenga la oportunidad de hacerlo, pues las ideas presentadas en el son tales que pueden causar un impacto tremendo en quien ose desoír su consejo, claro...more
Ghastly, disturbing, nightmarish and very influential, Maldoror takes a scalpel to your brain. You will never be the same after reading this poetically repulsive work. I loved it.
There is a lovely, incantatory celebration of the ocean early in the book, but other than that I hated it. Only got about halfway through. Very goth.
Mike M.
each obscure chant illuminates the last and darkens the next. it's not affectation it is a heart's triumphant cry.
A fierce and poisonous bit of stuff. I appreciate his youth and honesty in retelling all this.
Ce que j’ai aimé : Ça ne correspond à rien de ce que j’avais lu auparavant. Je trouve dommage qu’aucun de mes profs de français ne me l’ait mis entre les mains, parce que je pense que c’est à cette époque qu’on peut vraiment le plus savourer cette oeuvre. C’est un livre qui résume bien et est fait pour parler à la révolte adolescente : il est fait pour les ados, ou les goths notoires.

Ce que je n’ai pas aimé : Je suis un peu trop âgée pour m’être complètement laissée emporter par le voyage vertig...more
Karla Jasso menos la ciencia admite que, el hombre con aspecto de sapo no se reconoce ya a sí mismo, y cae con frecuencia en accesos de furor que le hacen parecerse a las bestias del bosque. No es culpa suya. En todo momento creyó, con los párpados sometidos a la reseca de la modestia, que estaba compuesto por el bien y por una cantidad mínima de mal. Bruscamente le he hecho ver, al exponer en pleno día su corazón y sus tramas, que por el contrario, sólo estaba compuesto de mal y de una mínima cantida...more
La session dernière, ma professeure de français nous a fait lire et analyser la quatrième strophe du quatrième chant contenu dans ce livre. Je me souviens des grimaces de dégoût de certains des autres élèves de ma classe en lisant cet extrait (alors que cet extrait est l'un des moins dégoûtants du recueil). Moi aussi je trouvais ça assez dégoûtant, mais en même temps, je trouvais que quelque chose dans ce texte était aussi très beau.

Maintenant que j'ai lu ce livre au complet, je dois admettre qu...more
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Vollmanniacs--Yes, only I've read just a very few paragraphs, but yes you will know that you will must read this because you will know it, will recognize it und es wiedererkennen und wiedererkennen, from it's very "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" suchly my fingers would enjoyment their way a-skippingly more typing...more
Isidore Ducasse publiera sous le nom de Lautréamont inspiré du personnage de fiction Latréamont d'Eugène Sue. Emprunter un nom de fiction pour écrire une fiction, cela propose d'emblée un certain regard sur l'oeuvre : qui est ce «je»?

Maldoror comporte une série de chants, autant dire des fragments ou la déclinaison d'une figure, ce Maldoror. Figure sombre, et ombre omnisciente, Maldoror hante ce récit, se retrouve à chaque coin de page, se retrouvera dans le narrateur et par conséquent, dans le...more
Apr 14, 2013 Pamela marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, ever. I mean it.
After finishing just a fifth of Maldoror, my thoughts are so jumbled that I can barely articulate why I simply could not bear to finish it.

I have a feeling that this novel is hipster-popular, as in, "This $(@!*^% is so deep, nobody gets it, so it's so awesome to just, like contemplate." Maybe it's ironically popular? I have no idea. Things are just so all over the place that I have no idea what's going on. Evidently, that's rather the point, but ... I don't want to read something where I have n...more
A book full of love poems for the world, all except humanity. There are some disturbing parts (sex with a small child or a female shark) that I read to find
the art within. I read his words to find the deeper meaning of what it was to have lived his life. He talks a lot about God and reveals the smartness of himself. He was educated and travelled and obviously troubled – he committed suicide when he was 24 years old. I'm grateful he had this book sent to the press before his decision.

i got a bit of a chuckle seeing some bespectacled willyburg hipster reading the penguin translation of lautremont on the j-train last year... & lo and behold, there's my own bespectacled self plowing thru it on the m 3 months later (reading the apollo edition, thank you very much). laughing out loud at parts (and listening to flipper, no doubt), all comical misanthropy...

not possessing the french to check out the mother tongue vs. i can't comment on lykiard's translation, but it gets plenty

Busra Aydin
Still feel paralyzed, it was a great journey to read Maldoror and i felt like an evil i'm still thinking about hurting somebody for just pleasure , just to be a sinner
When I was at university, a TA in one of my poetry courses gave me this book and I was completely fascinated by it. Grotesque and macabre, Maldoror was something which seemed to me one-of-a-kind. Now, years later, I've revisited it: in short, I was not so enthralled this second time around. Perhaps its the fault of a modern sensibility, perhaps I'm a bit more cynical than when I first encountered Lautrémont. Either way, I find it now to be—when not mildly absurd comedy—rather dull and trite. To...more
Philip Lane
I have to admit to cheating a bit on this one. I only read about 30 pages and although the style is intriguing some of the content I found a bit too visceral. Having read Sade and more recently American Psycho I didn't feel I could face more blood and guts so when this started talking about ripping a child's chest and drinking the blood I decided not to put myself through any more. No doubt the human psyche is full of violent thoughts and instincts but I find vivid descriptions of blood lust qui...more
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Maldoror & The Complete Works of Laureamont 1 16 Sep 19, 2011 07:06PM  
  • Là-Bas (Down There)
  • Aurélia and Other Writings
  • Collected Poems
  • Selected Writings
  • Locus Solus
  • The Temptation of St. Antony
  • Capital of Pain
  • Selected Writings
  • The Poems of François Villon
  • My Mother/Madame Edwarda/The Dead Man
  • Selected Poems and Fragments
  • The Book of Monelle
  • The Torture Garden (New Traveller's Companion)
  • Mademoiselle de Maupin
  • Paris Spleen
  • Alcools
  • Moravagine
  • Hell
Comte de Lautréamont (French pronunciation: [lotʁeaˈmɔ̃]) was the pseudonym of Isidore Lucien Ducasse, an Uruguayan-born French poet.

His only works, Les Chants de Maldoror and Poésies, had a major influence on modern literature, particularly on the Surrealists and the Situationists. Les Chants de Maldoror is often described as the first surrealist book. He died at the young age of 24 years old.
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Maldoror and the Complete Works Maldoror and Poems (Penguin Classics) Les Chants de Maldoror et autres textes Poésies Dieci unghie secche invece di cinque

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“After some hours, the dogs, exhausted by running round, almost dead, their tongues hanging out, set upon one another and, not knowing what they are doing, tear one another into thousands of pieces with incredible rapidity. Yet they do not do this out of cruelty.

One day, a glazed look in her eyes, my mother said to me: ‘When you are in bed and you hear the barking of the dogs in the countryside, hide beneath your blanket, but do not deride what they do: they have an insatiable thirst for the infinite, as you, and I, and all other pale, long-faced human beings do.’

Since that time, I have respected the dead woman’s wish. Like those dogs I feel the need for the infinite. I cannot, cannot satisfy this need. I am the son of a man and a woman, from what I have been told.

This astonishes me…I believed I was something more.”
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