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Pieśni Maldorora i poezje

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  526 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Nowatorstwo poetyki, collage niczym nie powiązanych elementów: `Piękny jak przypadkowe spotkanie na stole prosektoryjnym maszyny do szycia i parasola`. Czytelnik mozże czuć się nieswojo wchodząc w kontakt z wyobraźnią tak rozpasaną, ekshibicjonizmem do tego stopnia nie znającym oporów i okrucieństwem godnym Sade`a. ...more
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published 2004 by Mireki (first published 1869)
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Our author, whether writing as Comte de Lautréamont or Isidore Ducasse, is a master of negation, contradiction, and contrast.

Maldoror (and Poems) is a great work. It's audacious, original, startling, heartfelt, insincere, sincere, brutal, funny, outrageous, paradoxical, inspirational. It is the opposite of itself. It's one (or two) of a kind.

Some will be attracted to the book because it is sensational. Some will be repelled for the exact same reason. I've commented earlier and elsewhere that--th
Had I had an inkling early on of how much "Brain Pain" this would cause I very much doubt that I would have started this. However the challenge to the reader was thrown down within the first few pages. What reader can resist such a challenge? I won't comment on the overall literary aspect of it because I don't feel as if I have those "credentials".

The imagery is strong, powerful, visceral, it's also repugnant, blasphemous, shocking, confusing, elusive but at the same time strangely compelling an
Feb 09, 2009 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book contains some of the longest sentences I have ever read and make it worthwhile to wander through their intricate pathways to discover what oddments Isidore Ducasse has hidden at the end -- or maybe the time spent lost in tangents, those wonderful and maligned (yet always compelling, like a distant scent of maple on the air that shouldn't be there, but impossible, strangely *is*, and admits of no rational explanation ready at hand) glimpses into the hidden rooms of creativity that are o ...more
Tim Pendry

This is a very peculiar book for review because one can approach it from two perspectives - its 'importance' in literature and whether it is actually worth reading. It is like the Bible in that respect - the sort of blasphemous implication that Isidore Ducasse (the actual author) might have appeared to revel in.

Let us start with a first proposition - that it is 'important'. Yes, Maldoror is important if you are a specialist or interested in French literature and at two levels. It is both a stepp
Sep 08, 2014 Kristopher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ingredients: Victorian obsession with cataloging flora and fowl using proper names that nobody knows or cares about, overuse of the exclamation point on a level that rivals the text messages of a 12-year-old girl, the forced use of strong verbs that are barely strong enough to support bloated sentences festooned with superfluous adjectives and illogical metaphors stretched so beyond any real relationship they seem foolish, a complete lack of narratorial voice that makes the text a disengaging me ...more
Crazy book, crazy Maldoror, he wanders around encountering bizarre characters, committing crimes and spouting nonsense. I'm not sure if I'm looking too into it, but I wonder if his name is supposed to resemble 'mal dolor', which roughly translates to 'bad pain' in spanish.

"As one of thepoètes maudits (accursed poets), he was elevated to the SurrealistPanthéonbesideCharles BaudelaireandArthur Rimbaud, and acknowledged as a direct precursor to Surrealism.André Gideregarded him — even more than Ri
Jan 11, 2015 Howard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a surreal, gothic, poetic, brutal, imaginative, unreadable non-story of a book written in 1868 by 22 year old Isidore Ducasse who died 2 years later.

It is based around the narrator's real life and imagined alter ego Maldoror. He describes what he sees and produces a darkly, sinister, interaction from them whilst at the same time the narrator tells us what Maldoror sees and does. Maldoror loathes himself, God, life, everyone else's life and his situation. The book is actually six mini-bo
I read this book awhile ago for bibliogoth as recommended by sahra_patroness, I had to read it in English because even if I can read easy novels based in Imperial China there’s no way I’d be able to cope with one of the heroes of the Surrealist movement! I have to say I found it rather perplexing. I did want to enjoy it as it’s also one of beluosus’s favourite books but found it rather strange. There were some startlingly beautiful and horrible moments and passages within it; there were some gre ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Natalia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Тяжелая, не очень приятная книга с элементами необоснованной жестокости, которую просто сложно читать. Да, некоторые эпизоды написаны потрясающе, но другие просто омерзительны образами, которые рождают в твоей голове. Скорее всего для своего времени это было передовое произведение, но, как мне кажется, оно написано не для всех. Слишком мрачное, атмосферное, и слишком зациклено на человеческих пороках и грехах.

Образность и идея потрясающие, а вот выполнение просто неудобоваримое для меня. Читалос
Jul 16, 2014 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having died in 1870, Lautréamont very much predates the surrealists who later embraced him as spiritual forefather. His contemporaries and/or influences were roughly the Symbolists (Verlaine, Baudelaire), though he died too young and obscure for anyone to have taken much notice at the time.
I read this with a bit more of a sense of obligation than pleasure - it takes some getting used to the lack of conventional narration, elaborately confusing sentence structure and other devices, which as Paul
Ginger Price
Feb 18, 2016 Ginger Price rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the worst thing I have ever read. Ever. I hate it more than I hate Ulysses. Mmk, so this guy was a prominent figure in the development of Surrealism. Awesome. Real talk: he was a psychopath who would be put into intense psychotherapy for the rest of his life if he had written this today. He is needlessly vulgar and sensationalist in his descriptions. He wants a reaction. I hate works that are primarily written for shock value. This isn't a beautiful project to articulate inner consciousn ...more
Jul 22, 2007 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is incredible but the translation is really piss poor. A lot of the conjugation got mixed up so first, second and third person points of view can all end up in one paragraph. This makes the novel much harder to read especially considering the halcuinatory nature of the text. It is worth it to track down the Exact Change version translated by Alexis Lykiard.
Jul 18, 2014 Charles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea of this book was much more interesting than the work itself. Some of the segments are fierce and wild expressions of the darker nature of humanity and self-will which I loved for the gross fierceness of it(which in its sincere tone is a poetic feat)... but later on things get into weird post-modern gibberish where the narrator basically runs on and on in a Thomas Pyncheon/Absalom, Absalom fashion about nothing while mocking you for reading such sentences and passages about (admittedly) ...more
Lara Calleja
Dec 03, 2014 Lara Calleja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Luckily for me, I read this book in the most suitable phase of my life – young but starting to mature and lose faith in idealism, but yet still dreamy and fascinated with self-destructive notions

This book is definitely one of the most magical, poetical and enchanting books I ve read in my current life. It ‘s one of those books where it puts you in a faraway enchanted dark forest or in a stormy night on a cliff with rough seas beneath you – and even though the scene looks cold, mean and too dark
Apr 15, 2013 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Maldoror and Poems" by Lautréamont (real name Isidore Lucien Ducasse). First published in 1868-1869. I first heard of this book in 2002, when I began getting into the music of Current 93 (on the first Current 93 album "Nature Unveiled" there is a song called "Ach Golgotha: Maldoror is Dead"), but it wasn't until 2004, when I started working at Barnes & Noble, that I got my hands on a copy of it. Something about the description on the back cover captivated me: "One of the earliest and most a ...more
Mar 22, 2012 RJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Les Chants du Maldoror is one of the most intensely negative reading experiences you will ever have. This is a work which is intentionally crafted as a brutal assault on every aspect of reality as it is. I think it comes very close the the absolute ideal of what a real piece of literature should do for a reader.

I'm not just talking about the character Maldoror's self-proclaimed war against God and Man, or figures like the hermaphrodite who wreck established categories - every aspect of this book
Wow! This is a great book, though not flawless. The author starts by warning the reader to turn back if he hasn't the stomach for what follows...of course that just draws you in, as intended.

As soon as you start reading it you can see why the surrealists loved it. There's a constant stream of imagery that is by turns gothic, sacrilegious, violent, repulsive, funny, blasphemous etc. Some of the imagery just stick in your brain like the the toads that live in Maldoror's (left) armpit and the crab
Jul 23, 2011 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, fiction
The revolutionary insanity stalking the perimeters of the Victorian townhouse. Maldoror is what the novels of these domestic spaces don't admit: the pussy, glandular body; the beauty of the predatory and asymmetrical natural world; and all kinds of gross sexual and violent impulses.

This seems to be situated as a root text for surrealism. If it is, I think its important to note just how transgressive Lautreamont's surrealism is. Its more than weird, quirky stuff, its purposeful inversion of the
Brian Fagan
Mar 22, 2013 Brian Fagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never read anything quite like this. I actually have never even heard of this book. Lautreamont's name popped up in an article regarding William S. Burroughs. I did a little research into it and bought it the next day.

Werid and non-linear, it's reads like a series of episodes in the life of a man who believes he is evil. So, he does nothing but evil things. It's the most nihilistic book I've ever read. the poetry of it is beautfiul, while the content is vulgar and vile.

The section where
Darran Mclaughlin
Superb. Puts me in mind of Baudelaire, Nietzsche, William Burroughs, the Sandman comic series and the Jerry Cornelius books by Michael Moorcock. Having been disappointed by some perverse literature recently (Naked Lunch, Thief's Journal) I thought I perhaps couldn't enjoy this kind of thing any more, but Maldoror proved me wrong. Really striking imagery and some really fresh prose thoroughly impressed me. It's like the Naked Lunch that's actually good. It should really have a much wider readersh ...more
Feb 21, 2012 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a minor miracle that this book is known at all. Published by a 23 year old Uruguayan, resident in Paris, it hardly sold and the following year he died during the siege of Paris. More than half a century later the work was rediscovered by the surrealists and came to exert an influence over much of their work.

It's easy to see the appeal to Breton and his disciples. It's a potent mix of gothic tropes, Baudelairean symbolism, dark humour, wilfully bizarre juxtapositions and proto-Freudian night
Carlos Dourado
Este foi possivelmente o livro mais complexo que já li. Literatura surrealista, basicamente ficção científica. Fragmentado, difícil, e com um prefácio ao nível, é quase doloroso tentar encontrar sentido nas palavras de Ducasse.

Resumindo, um desafio para a leitura...

O "livro" Poesias II não é mais do que uma contradição constante com filósofos como Pascal, onde as palavras são torcidas e contradizem totalmente o seu significado original.

As 2 estrelas vão para o facto de este livro ter servido de
Respect to Lautreamont (ne Isidore Ducasse) for crafting one of the strangest, creepiest, most blasphemous, disgusting, shocking and anti-rational novels ever conceived in the late 1860s -- your literary courage is an inspiration to us all -- but there are portions of Maldoror that are just downright boring and unreadable. The prose is often too hyperbolic for me to take seriously, even if the author and protagonist are directly attacking the Creator and can only speak in the grandest of terms.
Peter Sims
Mar 21, 2010 Peter Sims rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe there's a soft spot in my heart for something this forceful, but this book remains one of my frequent recommendations for friends. The literary style is a force of nature and I found myself taking constant breaks in order to digest everything. I've dabbled in Surrealist literature off-and-on for years, but this proto-surrealist work still holds strong as my favorite item from the movement, even though it predates it.

Definitely not a light read but well worth the effort.
Apr 18, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Erotic, cruel, lyrical, amoral, and very funny—sort of a comic Marquis de Sade or a surrealist Friedrich Nietzsche.
Feb 28, 2010 Gregory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful blasphemous gothic book that deconstructs the 19th century novel. It's one of those pieces that you are surprised to learn was written over a century ago, it's voice is so modern. Alison recommended it to me. I'm sort of embarassed that I'd never heard of it before!
Sep 12, 2007 Chandra added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sky
I started this back in 91 or 92 during my infatuation with Current 93. I still haven't finished it. I pick it up every six months or so, read a certain passage that sticks out to me and then put it back down. I can't really explain why.

Dec 13, 2009 Takipsilim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Waaaaaaaaay ahead of it's time. So much so that it may have cost the author his life. No other book has evil read so compellingly and hauntingly as this.
Jul 20, 2012 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No words do it justice. Read it, it feels the vulva of the universe is trying to eat you.
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Comte de Lautréamont (French pronunciation: [lotʁeaˈmɔ]) 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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“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. In my right armpit there is a chameleon which is perpetually chasing them, to avoid starving to death: everyone must live.[...] My anus has been penetrated by a crab; encouraged by my sluggishness, he guards the entrance with his pincers, and causes me a lot of pain.” 19 likes
“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. Then one drinks his blood as one licks his wounds; and during this time, which ought to last for eternity, the child weeps.” 8 likes
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