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Flowers Of Evil & Paris Spleen

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  518 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Sex and death, rebellion, corruption — the themes of Charles Baudelaire's sensual poems sparked outrage upon their 1857 debut. His masterpiece, Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du Mal), was dismissed as decadent and obscene and banned in France for nearly a century. Although Baudelaire died in obscurity, today he is recognized as one of the nineteenth century's greatest and mos ...more
Hardcover, 489 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by BOA Editions, Ltd. (first published 1857)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
عنوان: ملال پاریس و گلهای بدی؛ شعر و نثر: شارل بودلر
محمدعلی اسلامی ندوشن نوشته: ملال پاریس، و گلهای بدی، گزیدهای از شعر و نثر شارل بودلر، شاعر فرانسوی قرن نوزدهم است (1821-1867) که آنرا سالها پیش به زبان فارسی درآوردم. اگر بودلر مهمترین شاعر فرانسوی نباشد به نظر میرسد که نافذترین هست. و او را پیشوای شعر نو در اروپا خواندهاند
در مقدّمة این کتاب آمده است: در زبان فرانسه هیچ شاعری چون بودلر دستخوش آن همه تعبیرهای متناقض و گوناگون نبوده است. دستهای او را بازیگر و شیاد خواندهاند و دستهای دیگر پیام آو
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Ehsanmv
Feb 05, 2016 Ehsanmv rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این ترجمهی آقای ندوشن که اولین ترجمهی پر و پیمان بودلر است فعلا در بازار نیست(احتمالا به خاطر نقاشیهایش). من هم از کتابخانه گرفتم و خیلی دوست
داشتم داشته باشمش (اصلا مگر میشود کتاب شعر را از کتابخانه گرفت؟)م

کتاب یک مقدمهی نسبتا طولانی دارد و بعد ترجمهی دفتر ملال پاریس(41 قطعه ار 51 ) که در قالب نثر است و برگزیدهی گلهای بدی (26 قطعه از107 ) و در انتها هم توضیحات شعرها که به شماره شعر برای هرکدام چند پاراگراف توضیح نوشته شده.

ویژگی جالب کتاب به نظرم سادگی کتاب است یعنی در این کتاب با شاعری آشنا می
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Peter Landau
Sep 06, 2015 Peter Landau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend said they have to read poetry slowly, take their time with each individual poem, let it sink in, understand it. I don’t pretend to understand poetry and that doesn’t stop me from reading it, and, when I read it, I devour it. Buckets of it. All at once. The faster the better. More than prose, poetry for me is experiential. Narrative or imagistic, I don’t care. It washes over me and my brain is doing little more than processing the letters. Good. Distract the mind and let the body embrace ...more
Vladana Perlić
Un livre de plus lu en français... Je progresse !
Michelle
Jun 27, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this! this is blood and roses, sex, death, drugs and despair. this is black eyeliner, red lipstick, blue velvet and purple prose. this is absinthe, opium, clove cigarettes and the sweat of fever-dreams! this is a cemetery at midnight, candle-wax dripping by moonlight and a vial of tears worn around your neck. this is the renaissance faire, meat is murder and a pale, effete fellow in pince-nez sniffing, "but it's so much better in french."

in other words, only the best thing ever.
David Sarkies
Feb 27, 2013 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
A collection of French poems
1 March 2013

The problem with reading poetry is that generally it is not something you simply read over once and then put it back on your shelf. Some of the older poetic forms, such as Dante, Homer, and Milton, you would do that, namely because the poetic form was used as a means of telling a story. Modern poetry however cannot be read in the same way. Instead, as my English teachers would tell me, you read it once, think it over, read it again, and think over it agai
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Natasha
Dec 24, 2015 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Ovaj izbor poezije predstavlja ono što Bodler zaista jeste. Pjesme koje se meni najviše dopadaju su one o mačkama. Pjesnik u njima pronalazi sebe. Mačke su tako mističnem umiljate, pametne.
Bodler na tako poseban način govori o umjetnosti, o individuama koja nikako ne mogu da se uklope u okvire "realnog" svijeta. On se izdiže iz širokih masa.

Tom
Jul 07, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not locate the exact same book. The book I read was translated by Keith Waldrop; an excellent translation. New to Baudelaire, I enjoyed it very. One of your stops when reading the classics.
Ehsan
Aug 31, 2012 Ehsan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

پاریس در شب
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افروخته یک به یک سه چوبه ی کبریت در دل شب
نخستین برای دیدن تمامی رخسارت
دومین برای دیدن چشمان ات
آخرین برای دیدن دهانت
و تاریکی کامل تا آن همه را در یک جا به یاد آرم
درآن حال که به آغوش میفشارم
تو را ...



شارل بودلر
Mariarosa Sclauzero
A classic…A book I keep on my night table - Inspiring and passionate. Great poet, great critic.
Mike
Mar 28, 2014 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, classics
Liked him more when I was young, but the sun shines brighter now, so no longer quite as much, although I still admire his stuff.
Diann Blakely
Aug 29, 2013 Diann Blakely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Speaking of Richard Howard's translation of *Les Fleurs dul Mal*, my great teacher Derek Walcott roared "Reeeechaaahhd did not use rhyyyme, friends." (He had just plunged my own copy into the kitchen trash can and, out of respect, I haven't replaced it.) This pronouncement was repeated when, the next Monday, at the suitably ungodly hour of 9 a.m., when I was perched on one of his windowsills in that same smoke-filled room at Boston University where Robert Lowell and Anne Sexton had taught. Derek ...more
مهرداد
Jun 17, 2014 مهرداد rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بودلر شاعر عصيان و انكاراست، دنيا را بدين گونه كه هست نميپذيرد، و به آيينهاي دروغين آن، به آنچه نامردان و ابلهان به آن احترام ميگذارند، گردن نمينهد.... ميكوشد تا به نيروي شعر نشان دهد كه مقهور سرگذشت نيست....
چه نزديکند آن دقايقي که در ظلمت سرد فرو خسبيم

بدرود اي تابندگي تابستان هاي زودگذر

از هم اکنون طنين مشئوم شاخه هاي شکسته را مي شنوم،

که بر سنگ فرش خيابان ها فرو مي افتد

زمستان در راه است و جمود آن در ژرفاي روانم فرو مي رود،

خشم و نفرت و هراس کار اجباري،

و چون خورشيد در دوزخ قطبي خويش،

دل من جز گوشت
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ZaRi
جوانی من توفانی ظلمانی بیش نبود ،
که چند بارقه ی آفتاب جابجا در آن تابید ؛
رعد و باران را چنان ویرانی ای به همراه بود ،
که در باغ من میوه ی شاداب بس اندک بجای ماند.

من اینک به خزان اندیشه های خود رسیده ام ،
و دیگر وقت آنست که بیل و شن کش بکار افتد
تا زمین سیل زده را که آب در آن ،
چاله هایی به بزرگی گور پدید آورده،ازنو سامان بخشد.

و گلهای تازه ای که من در آرزو می پرورم ،
ازکجامعلوم که دراین زمین شسته ی ریگ اندود،چون دریا کنار،
قوّ ت عرفانی ای را که نیرو بخش آنهاست بیابند ؟
دردا ! دردا ! زمان زندگی را در کام
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Amy
Aug 02, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Giantess

At that time when Nature in her powerful ardor
Conceived monstrous children each day,
I would have loved living near a young giantess,
As a voluptuous cat at the feet of a queen.  

I should like to have seen her body flower with her soul
And grow freely in her dreadful games;
And guess whether her heart conceals a somber flame
From the wet fog swimming in her eyes;

Feel at my leisure her magnificent shape;
Climb on the slope of her huge knees,
And at times in summer, when the unhealth
...more
Gene
Aug 17, 2012 Gene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
While I do love some of Baudelaire's poetry, I felt this collection was uneven. Paris Spleen is interesting but it is not poetry, so it kinda drags down the flow from Flowers of Evil. I'd rather have read more of his poems in this volume.
William West
My friend Tom recently said he thought Baudelaire was the ultimate proto-punk, and I agree with him.
James Violand
Dec 10, 2012 James Violand rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Unimpressed. A depressed, deviant mind depicting in prose a warped view of reality.
Max  Heinegg
Dec 19, 2007 Max Heinegg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The mack daddy of all poesy Francais.
Andrew
Apr 24, 2010 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite translation of Baudelaire. However, I don't read/speak French so I can't attest to its accuracy...
Joshua
May 07, 2012 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super interesting~ almost a self-study on the poet's consciousness.
Pamela Bayer
It's better in French.
Bernadette
May 13, 2008 Bernadette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I enjoyed the Paris Spleen portion of this collection for its imaginative characters and situations... very much a compendium of contemporary mythologies.
Šarlo
Haven't quite given it the time...
CLM
Jan 11, 2009 CLM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank goodness we read some lovely poetry (this as well as Rondard and DuBellay and drama my senior year of high school to offset Camus and other depressing modern French fiction!
Natalie
Jan 27, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had this for years and I refer back to it at least once every couple of weeks. A great translation and a wonderful collection.
Alex_Doll
Aug 06, 2012 Alex_Doll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illustrations by Black and White artist
Shannon Ford
Dec 05, 2010 Shannon Ford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, one of the best English translations of Baudelaire.
Sara Rebora
Feb 09, 2014 Sara Rebora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poesie fantastiche.
A volte noioso.
Melanie
Jan 13, 2017 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-challenge
The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire (6/60) - The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire -- I got this book because I had already fallen in love with several of Baudelaire's poems, namely "Man and the Sea," "A Carrion," and "To a Madonna." I still found those to be the best poems in the collection, but I loved to see them in the context of the whole. Overall I found myself engrossed by many of the 163 poems that make up this collection. If you like Edgar Allan Poe, then you will like Baudelaire!
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Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a 19th century French poet, translator, and literary and art critic whose reputation rests primarily on Les Fleurs du Mal; (1857; The Flowers of Evil) which was perhaps the most important and influential poetry collection published in Europe in the 19th century. Similarly, his Petits poèmes en prose (1868; "Little Prose Poems") was the most successful and innovative e ...more
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