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Los Cantos De Maldoror / The Songs of Maldoror (Letras Universales)

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La figura de Isidore Ducasse, conde de Lautreamont (1846-1870), se ofrece a los ojos de la critica como un enigma que se resiste a los esfuerzos de historiadores, criticos y biografos. La primera edicion completa de los Cantos de Maldoror, en 1869, fue secuestrada y solo unos pocos ejemplares fueron encuadernados y entregados al autor. El lector debera enfrentarse a unas " ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 30th 2004 by Ediciones Catedra S.A. (first published 1869)
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Sinem
Feb 11, 2016 Sinem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
kötülük ve iyilik hakkında ortalama fikre sahip kişilerin uzak durması gereken ama okyanusun abislerinde kaybolmayı sevenlerin unutmaması gereken eserler bütünü.
Capsguy
Mar 19, 2012 Capsguy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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[P]
Dec 03, 2015 [P] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
If you have been following my reviews for any length of time you will be aware that there are many things of which I am afraid. Spiders! Fatherhood! Demonic possession! Death! Yet it is increasingly the shark that haunts my mind like he haunts the sea, silently slicing through the darkness until he is upon me, intent on ripping out my throat! He is a ghoul, shaped like a knife-blade. He is swift and agile madness, with the skin of an elephant and teeth like the sharpest shards of glass. How feeb ...more
Lio
Jan 08, 2012 Lio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
في رحلة لاكتشاف الذات، أبحث أنا أيضاً عن كائنات تشبهني، لوتريامون ليس كئيباً للحد الذي يدعون، ليس قبيحاً للحدّ الذي يصفون.. لوتريامون يصف معشار القبح الذي يزيّن وجه هذه اﻷرض لوتريامون يكتب عن أولئك الذي يبحثون بمشقّة عن النوم في سنيّ عمرهم الطوال ولا يجدونه!.. في النشيد الخامس - المقطع الثالث لا أبحث عن شيء أجدني هناك مباشرة.. فقط أجدني هناك.. أجِدُّ السير أصل إلى فقط أنه لا يلزمني شيء إلا كائنات تشبهني..
كلما أحسست بالوحدة جلسته معه!.. توحّدتُ معه..
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
The beginning of Canto the First ::
“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. For unless he is able to bring to his reading a rigorous logic and a spiritual tension equal at least to his distrust, the deadly emanations of this book will imbibe his soul as sugar absorbs water.”

The beginning of Canto the Second ::
“What has bee
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Šarlo
Aug 26, 2011 Šarlo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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kaelan
May 14, 2014 kaelan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Josh!
Oct 11, 2009 Josh! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Azjericho
May 14, 2008 Azjericho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
كريم راهي
روعة السرد النثري في أناشيد مالدورور لايستطيع المرءُ منها فِكاكاً
من أمتع ما قرأت وما وقعتُ تحتَ تأثيره
كتبت بعد الفراغ منهُ نصّا شعرياً بعنوان هاراكيري



هاراكيري

ما يعجَزُ الكركيُّ عن تردادِهِ
هُنا وهُناك
يُغَنّيهِ في سَهمِ طيرانِهِ الطويل.

أوَدُّ أن أبوحَ بِسرّيَ للبئرِ
أو أدوّنَهُ على لَحاءِ الشَجر
لقد كنتُ كطائِرٍ مقتنص
يحومُ حولَ الشِراكِ ذاتِها
في كلِّ مرّة.
أتوقُ الآن
لإنعتاقي من إغواء الأمكنة
أتوقُ لجثوةٍ على الأرضِ، أخيرة
لنصلٍ ينفذُ في الخاصرة
وللحُبور في صيحةِ الروح المحلّقة.
Justin
Sep 07, 2008 Justin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Loay Amin
"ذات يوم، قالت لي أمي، بعيون كابية: (عندما تصبح في سريرك وتسمع نباحات الكلاب في الريف، اختبئ في لحافك، لا تستهزئ بما يفعلونه: إن لديهم عطشاً لا يروى إلى اللانهاية، مثلك، مثلي، مثل بقية الآدميين، الشاحبي والطويلي الوجه. أعدك، حتى، بأن أضعك أمام النافذة لتتأمل هذا المشهد، السامي بعض الشيء). منذ ذلك الوقت، أحترم رغبة المتوفاة. أنا، كالكلاب، أشعر بالحاجة إلى اللانهاية .... لا أستطيع، لا أستطيع أن أشبع هذه الحاجة ! أني ابن الرجل والمرأة، بحسب ما قالوه لي. هذا يثير دهشتي... كنت أظنني أكثر من هذا القدر ...more
Hadrian
Sep 20, 2011 Hadrian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, poetry, favorites
A fierce and poisonous bit of stuff. I appreciate his youth and honesty in retelling all this.
aPriL does feral sometimes


Isidore-Lucien Ducasse, the author's real name, lived during a time, the mid-19th century, without an Internet, television, movies or cable (without even the Syfi Channel, home of the 'Sharknado' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2724064/ and '30 Days of Night' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0389722/ movies (view spoiler).)

Today, this
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Berna 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
Czarny Pies
Nov 11, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Des adolescents
Recommended to Czarny by: Alfred Jarry, André Breton et Louis Aragon.
Shelves: french-lit
Je pensais a donné quatre étoiles de ce grand ouvrage percurseur du surrealisme. L'auteur possede une beauté de langage extraordinaire et une energie tout a fait remarquable. Lautreamont monte sur la montagne et crie à tue-tete qu'il est dieu ce qui assez normalement pour un adolescent. Lautreamont avait seulement dix-sept ans quand il l'a écrit.

Je donne cet ouvrage seulement un etoile parce que je suis catholique pratiquant et chevalier de coulombe. Le Comte de Lautréamont aurait été tres decu
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Ceyhun
Jun 24, 2014 Ceyhun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dusty
May 21, 2014 Dusty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Tait
May 30, 2008 Tait rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, literature
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
عبدالله
للغة الهائلة، للأفكار المرعبة والجحيمية، للسرد وللمترجم.
إنه متعب لكن ستلاحقك لعنة الفكاك منه سريعا .
Maha Alhasawi
أعجز عن الكتابة عن هذا الكتاب ،،،
مالدورور ..مؤذي ، مزعج ، يثير الاشمئزاز
لوتريامون ..حساس ويلقي اللوم على الخالق بكل مافي هذا العالم من الحزن والمصائب والبشاعة حتى في خلَقه .
الأناشيد سريالية تثير الغثيان
في المجمل لا ادري ان كان هذا الكتاب حسن أم قبيح ، لكن ادري ان هذا الكتاب مثير .. ومثير جداً
Osiris Oliphant
the exact change version is beautiful and has notes
but in side by side readings
i like this version better
not to mention its extra wide margins
like two deadwhite legs straddling the text
which are said to have inspired
richard hell's voidoid
Yasemin
Oct 07, 2015 Yasemin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: siir
24 yaşında bir otel odasında ölü bulunan Lautreament, Isidore Ducasse olarak da bilinir. Maldoror’un Şarkıları kitabı altı şarkıdan oluşan bir düz yazı metin aslında. Tanrı, insan ve kendisi üçgeninde öfkesi, özeleştirisi ve nefretini dile getirmiş olan Lautreament, pek çok şaire ilham kaynağı olmuş. “Opus Magnum” ( Büyük iş) adıyla nitelendirilebilecek çarpıcı bir dili var. Duvardan duvara çarparken bizi, bir ara kendisini de bizimle havada dansediyorken görmek mümkün. Açıp açıp tekrar okunası ...more
Can
Nov 20, 2015 Can rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After ending the chants I was convinced to write a review in order to give hints towards the approach of the writer, however the poesies, which is the most likely only part that I couldn't understand discouraged to do it. It is rather a funny idea to provide a sort of a commentary to the symbolic writers (this work is not surrealist in any sense), and even though my part would exist to further embellish the Maldoror, the poesies is written in such a way to disperse those such sympathies, even th ...more
Marian C.
A poor man's Les Fleurs du mal-- abundant in grotesque edginess but lacking in social awareness. Lautréamont was only 20 years old when he wrote it and one can notice that from his prose. Now, because of his obscurity some people will surely exaggerate and pretend that he's more relevant than Baudelaire or other "cursed poets". They're kidding themselves. It's Bauhaus to The Cure.

Fun read nonetheless. Easily impressionable millennials would worship this so let's hope that they never find it.
Gustl
Apr 08, 2014 Gustl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica
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
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Carolina
Jan 21, 2016 Carolina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 41libros
Llevo arrastrando este libro desde el año pasado y de verdad me molestaba no saber si ponerlo en los “abandonados” o incluso borrarlo. Me decidí por terminarlo porque era corto.

No quería leerlo. Mentira, no quería empezarlo, pero terminarlo fue mi idea y una muy tonta. Este libro es todo lo que no me gusta leer, es poesía y aparte surrealista, lo que significa que el 90% del tiempo no entendí nada. Tal vez haya alguien que lea este libro y sepa exactamente de lo que el autor está hablando pero a
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Umut Gumrukcu
Jul 24, 2016 Umut Gumrukcu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lautréamont'un (İsidore Ducasse) eseri sürrealizmin ve düzyazı şiirin başyapıtı. Bertrand'ın "Gaspard de la Nuit" si ile başlayan düzyazı şiiri mükemmeliyet derecesine ulaştırdı. Kendisi de aynı Rimbaud gibi özeldi. Tanrı ona da Rimbaud ile aynı şeyi verdi. Tanrı ona bilgiyi ve şiiri sınır noktaya çıkarması için gereken yeteneği verdi. Lautréamont başyapıtını yazdığında henüz 22 yaşındaydı ve Lautréamont genç yaşına rağmen bilgi ile kuşatılmıştı. Bunu en iyi Poésies kısmında görebiliriz. Vauvena ...more
Nicole
The four stars are a testament to how far beautiful writing will get me in and of itself.

I was also quite happy for two out of six chants: there was a constant destabilizing of expectations, genres, inherited images and ideas, even of the idea of sides (good/evil, etc.). But there is only so much of this I can take before I start to feel like the author is not really writing in good faith, like there is no there there, under all the layers. A deliberate effort to undermine every effort to find
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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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“Farewell until eternity, where you and I shall not find ourselves together.” 41 likes
“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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