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The Time of the Assassins: a Study of Rimbaud

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  812 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
The social function of the creative personality is a recurrent theme with Henry Miller, and this book is perhaps his most poignant and concentrated analysis of the artist's dilemma.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 17th 1962 by New Directions (first published 1956)
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Lynne King
Oct 13, 2013 Lynne King rated it it was amazing
I read this book about twenty years ago and was reminded of it this morning by another reviewer on Goodreads.

On browsing through this now, I had forgotten how interesting this French poet was and I do believe that Henry Miller has done an admirable job here. It is worth having this book purely to read Anthony Burgess' introduction if nothing else.

I was particularly taken with Burgess' statement:

"Anyone looking in his (Miller's) essay for a detailed critical account of Rimbaud's work, or a study
Jun 06, 2008 Taylor rated it really liked it
Recommended to Taylor by: Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch
I haven't read anything by either Henry Miller or Arthur Rimbaud. I know that must make me sound stupid, but it's the truth, and thought this, a study of Rimbaud by Miller, would be an interesting intro to the both of them. I wasn't expecting it to be a perfect companion to nearly all of the thought I had been working through this year, from Nietzsche to Foucault, Freud, and Kristeva, it brought everything together in a blindsiding of interpretation.

It's about Rimbaud, but more about his life as
Anthony Bolton
Aug 31, 2014 Anthony Bolton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-of-life
Bea Kwan
Jun 14, 2012 Bea Kwan rated it did not like it
I like Miller and I love Rimbaud but this whole book was basically like: "Rimbaud's did *this* in his life! Rimbaud was like this!" "Hey whoa I did *that* in my life too and I'm also like that!" slobber slobber slobber
غيث حسن
Dec 30, 2015 غيث حسن rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: سيرة
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تناظرات قرابات إلتفاءات أوجاع

رحلة الطائر الذهبي

متى لا تعود الملائكة تشبه أنفسها

تحدث هنري ميللر بطريقة مندهشة في طول الكتاب بعدد صفحاته الـ عن شاعر فرنسي انتصر على الحياة بموته وهو في استقامة شبابه، رامبو الذي ولد في عصر كان معذبا بمسألة الإيمان أو يكاد يلفظه، لذلك ولد رامبو بإيمان قادر على مواجهة كل ذلك العالم المادي فأصبح شاعرا في الحضيض، وحين يغدو الشاعر في الحضيض، يكون قلب العالم رأسا على عقب أمرا واجباً .. وكهذا فعلها رامبو !

يقول ميللر متسائلاً:

-هل أثار فنان كل
Valkyrie Vu
Cuốn sách đầu tiên trong năm 2016 mà mình hoàn thành . Thực ra đã phải cố gắng lê lết qua từng trang . Cầm lên bỏ xuống không biết bao lần. Ai mê Rimbaud mà đọc cuốn này thì chắc thất vọng lắm . Mình thì không biết tý gì về Rimbaud và đến khi đọc xong cuốn này vẫn hoàn toàn mù mờ . Cuốn này như kiểu Henry Miller đang fanboy điên cuồng Rimbaud mà thật ra là vĩ cuồng chính mình thì đúng hơn . Rimbaud đã làm thứ này thứ kia và tôi cũng đã làm thứ này thứ nọ blah blah . Dịch vô cùng vô cùng vô cùng ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Nickolai rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nickolai by: Vova
"If the poet can no longer speak for society, but only for himself, then we are at the last ditch."

I wanted to quote so many paragraphs from this outstanding Miller's analysis of Rimbaud life and work, that i thought that it will be easier to read the whole book already.
For whom the poetry is important part of human being this book is mandatory. It is the best writing about poetry I've ever read. And its a very precise representation of the pre-apocalyptic society.
I will read it again soon I'
Ian Drew Forsyth
What we obviously lack in America, what we are not even aware we lack, is the dreamer, the inspired madperson.
As the voice of the poet becomes stifled, history loses its meaning and the eschatological promise bursts like a new and frightening dawn upon the consciousness of humanity.
It is the past which is engulfing us, not the future. The future always has and always will belong to the poet.
I believe that the dreamer, no matter how impractical they may appear to the man in the street, is
John Doe
Feb 22, 2012 John Doe rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A child prodigy who gives up poetry at the height of his powers (when he is eighteen!), Rimbaud embarks on a life of adventure (selling guns, slaves and coffee). Miller identifies with Rimbaud (his life as much as his writings). I always kind of identified with Miller because I feel a connection for those without a place in the world. Rimbaud is Miller's favorite writer, and this book contains some of Miller's best writing.

For example:

"And what is the nature of this secret? I can only say that i
Dec 16, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 50-books-2008
What a profoundly strange book. It belongs equally in the general canon of Miller's work, falling under the category "fiction," as well in literary criticism, and biography. I wouldn't say that I was a big fan of Miller before this (Tropic of Cancer was just as often interesting as it was boring, exciting as it was trying), but this strange little book may have converted me quite thoroughly. Ostensibly, this is an exploration of how Rimbaud came to be Miller's favorite author, but it quickly jet ...more
أسماء القناص
أنا لا أسمح لنفسي انتقاد أية كتاب لم أقرأه.. وهنا ميلر يكتبُ عن نفسه، يحاول التماهي مع رامبو، يشعر أنّه يُشبهه.. مرآته التي تعكس صُورته. كان المُفترض الكتاب يتناول رامبو
بشكل أكثر ومُفصل ولكن للأسف لا أرى إلا حسّ ميلر، اتصال ميلر العاطفي برامبو أفسد الكتاب.. كان مُزعج ويطغى على الكتاب بأكمله.
كما يذكر ميلر حس الإفراط في كل شيء.. أظنه أفرط بتشريح نفسه وتناول ذاته كمركزية للكتاب

مش كل من يكتُب الشعر شاعر ومش كل شاعر يكتب الشعر
Fawaz Ali
كتاب جدير بالقراءة إذ أن هنري ميللر يسبر أغوار شخصية الشاعر رامبو ويغوص في أعماق كل شاعر مرهف الأحاسيس، كما أنه يعطينا دروساً روحية في مجتمع طغى عليه الجانب المادي...

Ryoof ريوف
Mar 20, 2013 Ryoof ريوف rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هنري مييللر يعوم هنا في بحثه محاولاً دراسة آرثر رامبو الذي سرعان ما أصبح معلمه المفضل بعد أن كان لا يطيق أن ينطق احد باسمه . قراءة هذه الدراسة تجاوزت كل التوقعات! و مصدر إلهام ضخم، عندما تنتهي من هذا الكتاب تخرج بأفكار مختلفة والفضل لهما. هذا الكتاب أظهر جوانب عدة من هنري وذلك عن طريق طرحه لسيرة رامبو مستخدماً التناظرات في النقد! التي اعتبرها علامة عبقريته! لديه مهارة عالية في استخدام الكنايات واختيار الألفاظ والمقارنة، قادر أن يزرع لدى القارئ شغفاً وتوقاً لمعرفة المزيد عنهما. كتاب أجده نموذج في ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Kurt rated it really liked it
Nothing like a good Henry Miller rant to slide you through the Ides of March. Ok, so maybe I finished up with Time of the Assassins a couple weeks ago, but its spiritual and rebellious reverberations haven't settled down inside me yet. Ostensibly a 163 page discourse on Arthur Rimbaud, 19th century enfant terrible of French poetry and letters, it's more accurately a mirror of Miller's own poetic ideology (Read: Rant). But, hey, I knew that going in. And for me, no matter how self-absorbed, or ab ...more
Jul 20, 2015 Alexander rated it it was ok
Miller’s Time of the Assassins, as the page numbers increase, proves less and less a study of Rimbaud than simple eschatonic onanism, a nihilistic cry for recognition via ego-stroking voyeurism; it’s somewhat salvaged by blustery lyricism and occasional profundity, though such heights are deeply nestled in the fissures of an otherwise hilariously impotent and obvious book . . . Enid Starkie’s Arthur Rimbaud stands unscathed as the ne plus ultra work on Rimbaud. Read that, not this.
hope mohammed
الكتاب كان بالنسبة لي ممل اعتبره وثيقة اعجاب كبير يحمله هنري ميلر للشاعر رامبو وعذاباته ومعاناته ظننت انه سيقدم لي سيرة واتضح لي انه مسيرة طويلة من الآهات والتأليهات ..

للاسف جاء عكس ماتوقعت خاض القليل عن علاقته بامه و لم افهم اسباب شقاقه مع امه اسباب سفره للحبشة اسباب عدم ايمانه لم افهم شيئا سوى انه شاعر رائع وعظيم واعظم معاصريه نيتشه ودستايافسكي و بليك واخرون ، براي ميللر طبعا ..

لم امر كثيرا على رامبو ولاأعرف عنه سوى القليل جدا وبعض ابيات مازلت اتصفحها احيانا اتوق لمعرفة افضل لانني اعلم اني ساق
Dec 20, 2008 Quentin rated it it was amazing
"In Rimbaud, I see myself as in a mirror." So writes Henry Miller in his study of French symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud. Not a clinical dissection of Rimbaud but a meditation on the plight of the creative artist in an increasingly ambivalent world.
Jun 29, 2012 Ioleander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أثار شهيتي لمعرفة المزيد عن رامبو ، لطالما كان لي شخصية غامضة وغير واضحة الملامح ، لكن اسلوب ميلر في هذا الكتاب قرب المسافات
وردم الفجوات وجعل من ذلك الشاب شخصاً اسطورياً جاذباً .. أحببت الكتاب و انصح به ..
ahmed Eid
Jun 21, 2016 ahmed Eid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
هنري ميللر يخون رامبو
ميللر بيحاول توضيح إنه شبه رامبو

وسعت منك يا برنس

المفروض الكتاب يبقي إسمه ميللر و زمن القتلة
Jan 29, 2016 Ebtihal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
كنت أريد أن اقرأ عن رامبو ليس عن ميللر!
الكتاب بأختصار: أنا فعلت هذا رامبو مثلي فعل.. انتهى
Mar 04, 2015 Jacob rated it it was amazing
All poets and artists should read this book.
Olivier Goetgeluck
Oct 29, 2016 Olivier Goetgeluck rated it it was amazing
Whatever man suffers as an individual all men suffer as members of a society.
"Who dies not before he dies is ruined when he dies." - Jacob Boehme

We see Rimbaud victimized by the illusion that freedom can be obtained by external means (Gurdjieff The Work inner not outer).

The law of the universe dictates that peace and harmony can only be won by inner struggle. The little man does not want to pay the price for that kind of peace and harmony; he wants it ready-made, like suit of manufactured clothe
V Mignon
Nov 29, 2015 V Mignon rated it liked it
Shelves: own
"Man's greatest dread is the expansion of consciousness."

I don't think there is a book quite like Henry Miller's The Time of the Assassins: a Study of Rimbaud. Miller's novel isn't literary criticism, nor is it a biography on the French poet Arthur Rimbaud. For that matter, it isn't an autobiography on Miller's relationship with Rimbaud's work. This is a book about a certain type of character in the creative field, a creator who is, "fatally attracted by the reflection of his own image in the de
أحمد شاكر
Dec 28, 2013 أحمد شاكر rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أدب-نقد
رامبو وزمن القتلة
لـ هنري ميللر
أدب/ نقد/ سيرة ذاتية
ترجمة: سعدي يوسف
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الطبعة الأولي 2012

آرثر رامبو (1854- 1891). ولد في شارلفيل شمال شرق فرنسا. بدأ كتابة الشعر وهو في السادسة عشر.أثرت أعماله علي الفن السريالي. ارتبط بعلاقة مثلية مع بول فرلين الشاعر الفرنسي (1844- 1896). كتب (الاشراقات) بين عامي 1872 و 1874، وهي قصائد نثرية حاول فيها عدم التمييز بين الواقع والهلوسة. وفي عام 1873 كتب (فصل في الجحيم) وهو آخر أعماله الشعرية. وكان عمره تسعة عشر عاما.
في يوليو 1873 أطلق بول فرلين رصاصتين علي ر
Mina Wael
Dec 26, 2016 Mina Wael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من خلال هذا الكتاب، أتعبر نفسي نافذًا إلي شعر رامبو دون أن أقرأه كله
هنري ميللر عبّر عن رامبو أمثل تعبير
Khaled Awad
Dec 01, 2016 Khaled Awad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كل شاعر، كل كاتب، كل أديب ينتج مقاطع تسكنك أو أشعار تتذكرها...
لكنها عند هنري ميللر لا تحصى، إنها مبثوثة عبر الصفحات...
قراءة هنري ميللر نوع من التحليق، نوع من النشوة، نوع من الادمان

Noor jamal
Dec 04, 2016 Noor jamal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
إن كان لدى أي امرئ، شكوك حول المصير الذي يخبئه مجتمعنا للشاعر
ليقرأ هذا الكتاب ..
كان الكتاب مصدر إلهام لي
و رحم تولد منه الأفكار ..
Eduardo Sangarcía
Uno de los más apasionantes estudios sobre la figura de Rimbaud con el que me he topado hasta ahora. Miller no intenta explicar el genio y el actuar del joven poeta porque lo comprende a fondo; entiende su hastío, su ira hacia Occidente, su odio hacia la madre y el orden porque lo comparte. Comprende incluso el pasaje que más desconcierto ha causado en todos los lectores y estudiosos de Rimbaud: su abandono de la poesía. Lo entiende y delicita a Arthur por tener las agallas suficientes para hace ...more
Robert Seitz
This brief gem will remind or teach anyone of the loftier and more arcane archetype of the poet. Written in awe it translates only that. Like Miller and unlike Rimbaud, I too hit my stride late and the idea of a talented youth abandoning all seems strange. But what does the concept of mastery present to one so young? The mystery of Rimbaud is to start as a revolutionary in lit, an icon of modernity, and then to walk away disappointed into the wilderness to waste away. But here I think Miller doe ...more
Reem RM
Sep 18, 2016 Reem RM rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
يحاول هنري ميللر في هذا الكتاب أن يقدم لنا دراسة عن حياة الشاعر الفرنسي رامبو وينقل لنا معاناته وآلامه ..
ولكنه من فرط اعجابه به حاول التشبه به والتماهي معه فطغى ذلك على الكتاب وأصبح وكأنه يتحدث عن ميللر ذاته وليس عن رامبو .
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Henry Miller sought to reestablish the freedom to live without the conventional restraints of civilization. His books are potpourris of sexual description, quasi-philosophical speculation, reflection on literature and society, surrealistic imaginings, and autobiographical incident.

After living in Paris in the 1930s, he returned to the United States and settled in Big Sur, Calif. Miller's first tw
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“Conditioned to ecstasy, the poet is like a gorgeous unknown bird mired in the ashes of thought. If he succeeds in freeing himself, it is to make a sacrificial flight to the sun. His dreams of a regenerate world are but the reverberations of his own fevered pulse beats. He imagines the world will follow him, but in the blue he finds himself alone. Alone but surrounded by his creations; sustained, therefore, to meet the supreme sacrifice. The impossible has been achieved; the duologue of author with Author is consummated. And now forever through the ages the song expands, warming all hearts, penetrating all minds. At the periphery the world is dying away; at the center it glows like a live coal. In the great solar heart of the universe the golden birds are gathered in unison. There it is forever dawn, forever peace, harmony and communion. Man does not look to the sun in vain; he demands light and warmth not for the corpse which he will one day discard but for his inner being. His greatest desire is to burn with ecstasy, to commerge his little flame with the central fire of the universe. If he accords the angels wings so that they may come to him with messages of peace, harmony and radiance from worlds beyond, it is only to nourish his own dreams of flight, to sustain his own belief that he will one day reach beyond himself, and on wings of gold. One creation matches another; in essence they are all alike. The brotherhood of man consists not in thinking alike, nor in acting alike, but in aspiring to praise creation. The song of creation springs from the ruins of earthly endeavor. The outer man dies away in order to reveal the golden bird which is winging its way toward divinity.” 82 likes
“He saw that science had become as great a hoax as religion, that nationalism was a farce, patriotism a fraud, education a form of leprosy, and that morals were for cannibals” 18 likes
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