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Paperback, 94 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Livre de Poche (first published January 1st 1855)
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Nov 18, 2009 Kimley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Proust fans, dreamers, escapists, the mentally unstable
I suspect that most of us have some kind of reality escape hatch that removes us from the inevitable difficulties both large and small of everyday existence. Whether it's religion, drugs/alcohol, reading too many books (!!!), there's another world outside the one we experience with our five senses that most of us look to in order to survive this one. The majority of us can delineate between the "real" world and the "other" world we imagine but there are those for whom the line between these worl ...more
Maria Thomarey
Dec 20, 2015 Maria Thomarey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Με κάποια βιβλία συμβαίνει κάτι σχεδόν μαγικό . Αρχίζεις να τα διαβάζεις, ενώ όσα μαθαίνεις εκείνη την περίοδο απο τις σπουδε σου ,το αφορούν . Ακριβώς αυτό έγινε με αυτό το παραληρηματικό υστερορομαντικο κρεσέντο-ποίημα .
" το όνειρο είναι μια δεύτερη ζωή "έτσι αρχίζει η διήγηση ονείρου-πραγματικότητας που σφιχταγκαλιασμένα σέρνουν τον ήρωα-συγγραφέα στο θάνατο .
Dec 18, 2015 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: somewhere-else, 2015
Dream is a second life.
Gérard de Nerval sets out to break down the barrier between dreams and waking life. I’m on board with this. Aurélia is a lucid recitation and exposition of not only dreams, but various fugue states, metaphysical visions, hallucinatory episodes, and accounts of incarcerations in numerous asylums and clinics around the Paris metropolitan area. What is it about?! Everything! Alchemy! The creation of new life! Deconstruction and manipulation of religious iconography for cove
Branden William
Dec 09, 2013 Branden William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a member of the eccentric Bouzingo group in France, in the 1830s, Gérard de Nerval was eventually praised by André Breton as a "prophet" of Surrealism for Nerval's pursuit of the significance of dreams, and for his "persistent vitality of an esoteric conception of the world." Nerval's 'Aurélia & Other Writings' is a beautiful collection of Nerval's most coveted short stories, including the novella 'Sylvie', which is often considered Nerval's prose masterpiece. These stories encapsulate a ...more
Mariana Orantes
Dec 03, 2013 Mariana Orantes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cada vez que le doy un rating a un libro en este lugar, me decepciono. ¿Cómo alguien puede darle menos de cinco estrellas a esta maravilla? lo mismo me pasó con El maestro y margarita de Bulgakov, de verdad que no los entiendo. Se me rompe el corazón cuando leo las malas reseñas que hacen sobre este libro tan hermoso. No lo entiendo. Nerval tenía una sensibilidad inmensa, una forma de narrar tan precisa y sencilla y no por eso menos compleja; tan sencillo y natural en contraste con las cosas tan ...more
Jul 24, 2008 Travis is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The ravings of a madman? A cleverly constructed artifice? Both in different places? Nerval really did spend his adult life in and out of asylums, but he was also friends with lots of the biggest and best artists, writers, etc. in Paris in the 1840s and 50s.

Aurelia is about the "outpouring of the dream world into real life." Maddened by unrequited love for Aurelia, who at various points converges with the Virgin Mary, Cybele, Isis, etc. and is based on the real-life Marie Pleyel, Nerval passes i
May 11, 2009 K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystical and febrile novella, reminiscent of a William Blake print.
This, along with the writings of Unica Zurn, is true Surrealism.
J. Lynn
I loved it even before I realized it was a 90 page struggle against castration.
Ian Drew Forsyth
Such lush fantasies and descriptions, some terrifying, others bearing insights of experience perhaps only madness or psychedelic drugs can bring. As he says, it documents the time of when his dreams began to flow into his life.
In these visions he believes be finds reason to believe in reincarnation, that God is lost and powerless and only a sort of pantheistic representation of the sum of all beings all the way down to atoms, and that the life of dreams may be intimately related to the realm of
Feb 23, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aurelia is the name Gerard de Nerval gives his muse, an unattainable love, likely based on a real actress he knew, who more or less provides the framing device for this memoir about going insane and the blurring of dream and reality. The memoir begins by quickly recounting his initial pursuit and loss of Aurelia and the later meeting with her that leads him to lose his grip on what is real and what is not. What follows is a description of what life was like for him as he was trying to navigate t ...more
Antoine C
Sous couvert d'opiomanie, Gérard de Nerval se permet d'extérioriser ses pensées absurdes justifiées par le rêve.
Un beau galimatias sans aucun sens. Le lecture affirmé répondra alors "Mais c'est ce que voulait faire de Nerval, exprimer d'une forme la plus naturelle possible l'épanchement du sommeil sur la réalité". Il n'y a alors aucun intérêt à partager ses visions si celles-ci ne sont qu'absurdes.
Romantisch curiosum: het dromenboek van een getormenteerde ziel die door de straten van Parijs zwalpt op zoek naar de grens tussen de droom, slaap en de dood. "De slaap neemt een derde van ons leven in beslag. Hij brengt troost voor de verdrietelijkheden van de dag of straf voor de genietingen; maar ik heb de slaap nooit als rust ervaren. Na een paar minuten van verdoving begint er een nieuw leven, los van de wetten van tijd en ruimte, zoals ons dat waarschijnlijk na de dood te wachten staat. Wi ...more
Alberto D.
The books contains "Aurelia", "Sylvie", and extracts from "Travels in the East", "Les Illuminés", and "Promenades et Souvenirs". Translated by Richard Aldington, whose introduction to Aurelia and De Nerval is excellent. With the exception of Aurelia, this book is a waste of time. Aldington mentions that De nerval belonged to a group patronized by Theophile Gautier, no doubt a bad pupil whose most interesting detail is his wretched life, and death. When you read Aurelia think that you are reading ...more
Un manque d'honnêteté de l'auteur qui crée un déséquilibre avec le lecteur. Je n'accepte pas ma position d'infériorité face à cet homme qui rêve en construisant des mythologies.
Mar 24, 2016 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A more French, more mystic Catcher in the Rye. I could (should, otherwise I'm a rude person) probably say more, but I'm sleepy.
Jun 05, 2008 Nibelheim rated it really liked it
Une œuvre étrange baignée de folie, où le rêve est bien souvent cauchemar et où ce que l'on poursuit s'estompe de plus en plus jusqu'à disparaitre. Très personnel et peut-être un peu gênant, ce texte aux multiples références étonne et surprend à chaque page. Réalité et fantasme s'entremêlent pour un délire final tout à fait remarquable. Une écriture cathartique de la part d'un esprit en mal de repères. Je ne peux que me répéter : étrange et surprenant.
Jan 19, 2012 Brent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is Nerval's most famous work, and it is easy to see why. The imagery is stunning, the scope is both enormous and microscopic, and the introspection is intense. I had difficulty staying invested, though, possibly because of the story's audacity. I am glad I read this story and have immense respect for it, but I enjoyed the understated Sylvie more.
Thomas Sawyer
Trop de religiosité et de délires ésotériques malgré quelques passages plaisamment poétiques. Je sature de ces textes où Dieu est seul juge de nos vies. Je suis plutôt heureux de vivre dans une époque qui se débarrasse peu à peu de toutes ces conneries religieuses qui ralentissent l'humanité.
L'épanchement du songe dans la vie réelle.
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Gérard de Nerval was the nom-de-plume of the French poet, essayist and translator Gérard Labrunie, one of the most essentially Romantic French poets.
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“l'imagination m'apportait des délices infinies. En recouvrant ce que les hommes appellent la raison, faudra-t-il regretter de les avoir perdues...?

My imagination gave me infinite delight. In recovering what men call reason, do I have to regret the loss of these joys?...”
“You see spirits who talk to you in broad daylight, at night you see perfectly shaped, perfectly distinct phantoms, you think you remember having lived in other forms, you imagine you are growing very tall and that your head is touching the stars, the horizon of Saturn and Jupiter spreads before your eyes, bizarre creatures appear before you with all the characteristics of real beings . . . If the mind has to become completely unhinged in order to place us in communication with another world, it is clear that the mad will never be able to prove to the sane how blind they are, to say the very least!” 6 likes
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