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Artificial Paradises

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  695 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
At the time of its release in 1860, Charles Baudelaire's Artificial Paradises (Les Paradis Artificiels) met with immediate praise. One of the most important French symbolists, Baudelaire led a debauched, violent, and ultimately tragic life, dying an opium addict in 1867. This book, a response to Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an Opium Eater, serves as a memoir of Baude ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published October 19th 1994 by Citadel Press
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Tosh
May 24, 2012 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On a drug trip with Charles Baudelaire. What can be better?
Meriam Kharbat
Nov 07, 2013 Meriam Kharbat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je n'ai jamais rien lu d'aussi éloquent au sujet de l'opium et du Hashish.
Marcio Scheibler
Adquiri esse livro para conhecer o autor Charles Baudelaire, que eu já tinha lido sobre sua carreira algumas vezes. PARAÍSOS ARTIFICIAIS trata da descrição dos efeitos do ópio, do haxixe e do vinho no organismo humano. O texto tem um acento filosófico e, por que não dizer, poético. É uma leitura totalmente diferente, pois foge do padrão de romances, aventuras e outros tantos gêneros que circulam por aí.

Pra quem curte histórias agitadas vai achar esse livro muito monótono, pois não há diálogos. O
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Louise Chapman
May 24, 2012 Louise Chapman rated it it was amazing
My first outing with Charles Baudelaire was several years ago when I stumbled upon his essays on Eugene Delacroix, which I found to be an absorbing insight into the bohemian world of nineteenth century Paris. Having already experienced his inimitable lexical draughtsmanship, I thought it necessary to peruse the archives further for Baudelaire’s lesser-known essays. I knew from reading Jean-Paul Sartre’s critical work on Baudelaire, that he had vainly battled an opium addiction, which lends its t ...more
Camille
Mar 15, 2013 Camille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The beginning of this book might be a little discouraging since it describes and lists the aspects and effects of haschish and opium, but then, Baudelaire focuses solely on opium and uses De Quincey's autobiography as an exemple. De Quincey's life is fascinating, not only as an opium-eater, and so are Baudelaire's analyses, which are always relevant and beautifully said.
As always, Baudelaire manages to be poetic without even meaning to, and he has a deep understanding of the English language.
If
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Agnese
May 24, 2012 Agnese rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting and captivating in style, but not so exciting and intense as the experiences of the opium eater, the book's hero. But while artificial paradises -that can easily turn upside down into artificial hells- can allow one to re-live with an exalted sensitivity past experiences and don't reveal in fact anything new, natural paradises are ground of exploration and discovery. So only natural paradises can reveal more beauty beyond the known beauty, and become an experience of growth and real ...more
Annie
Feb 16, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it
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Indescribably good. Baudelaire can make the mundane (taking a sip of wine) extraordinary and the extraordinary (tripping hard on robust opiates) mundane. Written with all the lyricism you'd expect of such a poet, and all the due diligence and many hours of personal "research" you'd expect of a... I was going to say "scientist", but realistically here, "drug devotee" is perhaps more appropriate.
Mike Lester
Feb 14, 2014 Mike Lester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Add cigarettes, bacon, bullets, and Pez to this list and you've got yourself the fixins for a pretty good weekend.
Mike Ceballos
Entrar de lleno a la lectura de poesía no es una labor trivial. Debe existir esa afinidad y atracción por la descripción artística de la situación y el entorno. Leerla conlleva un proceso diferente al utilizado por una novela de ficción, ya que requiere de tener nuestros sentidos alertas a las mínimas inflexiones de la alegoría oculta. Habrá poesía más rítmica, clara, y por decirlo de alguna manera: romántica. Sin embargo, Baudelaire, requiere de un trabajo extra del lector. No basta con leer su ...more
sabisteb
"Der gesunde Verstand sagt uns, daß die Dinge der Erde nur sehr wenig Realität besitzen und daß es Wirklichkeit einzig in den Träumen gibt. Um das natürliche wie das künstliche Glück zu verdauen, braucht es zunächst einmal den Mut, es hinunterzuschlucken..."

Der französische Schriststeller Charles-Pierre Baudelaire ist wohl einer der größten französischen Lyriker und einer der wichtigsten Wegbereiter der europäischen literarischen Moderne. Eigentlich kennt man ihn vor allem wegen seiner Gedichte.
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Helena
Dec 19, 2014 Helena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Embriagai-vos*
Deve-se estar sempre embriagado. Nada mais conta. Para não sentir o horrível fardo do Tempo que esmaga os vossos ombros e vos faz pender para a terra, deveis embriagar-vos sem tréguas.
Mas de quê? De vinho, de poesia ou de virtude, à vossa escolha. Mas embriagai-vos.
E se algumas vezes, nos degraus de um palácio, na erva verde de uma vala, na solidão baça do vosso quarto, acordais, já diminuída ou desaparecida a embriaguez, perguntai ao vento, à vaga, à estrela, à ave, ao relógio, a
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Céline FrenchAlps
Le livre était bien parti, Baudelaire se voulait être critique et explicatif au sujet de l'addiction au haschisch et à l'opium, notamment en prenant comme référence Thomas de Quincey (Confessions d'un Anglais mangeur d'opium) en ce qui concerne le deuxième sujet. Mais plus j'avançais dans le livre, plus je commençais à trouver le sujet inutile. Baudelaire déclare que le but de ce livre était "de montrer, par un exemple, les effet de l'opium su un esprit méditatif et enclin à la rêverie". Cela va ...more
Annabelle
May 24, 2012 Annabelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Je ne comprends pas pourquoi l'homme rationnel et spirituel se sert de moyens artificiels pour arriver a la beatitude poetique, puisque l'enthousiasme et la volonte suffisent pour l'elever a une existance supra-naturelle. Les grands poetes, les philosophes, les prophetes sont des etres qui par le pur et libre exercice de la volonte, parviennent a un etat ou ils sont a la fois cause et effet, sujet et objet, magnetiseur et somnambule.- Je pense exactemenet comme lui."

maybe i'm trying to convince
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Adinda
Een bundel met Baudelaire's 50 prozagedichten.

Niet altijd even toegankelijk door referenties aan zijn bekende en minder bekende tijdsgenoten, maar prachtige, meestal enigszins verhalende hoofdstukjes die een bijzonder en realistisch beeld van het leven in de negentiende eeuw oproepen.
Sophie
May 14, 2015 Sophie rated it it was ok
Très déçue, moi qui avait fortement apprécié ' Les Fleurs du Mal', ici c'est plutôt une apologie à l'opium et au haschisch. Seules les dernières pages comportent des poèmes tels que ceux publiés dans 'LFM'.
C'est plutôt une nouvelle qu'une ensemble de poèmes pour ma part ...
Lagarto Blanco
Muy largo ._. Esta obra posee: Las flores del mal, Spleen e Ideal, Cuadros parisinos, El vino, Rebelion y poemas agregados.

Citas: http://hechaensilencio.blogspot.com/2...
Jorge Jaramillo Villarruel
Colección fundamental de Baudelaire, que contiene todos sus textos importantes (Las flores del mal, Pequeños poemas en prosa, Los paraísos artificiales, El vino y el hachís, La Fanfarlo).

Imprescindible.
Mélodie
Feb 11, 2015 Mélodie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my style of book. I picked it thinking it was a poems collection aha. Even if it was quite interesting and the writing absolutely beautiful, it was hard for me to finish.
Lysergius
Jul 27, 2013 Lysergius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sort of book you pick up and put down and come back to. Interesting to see how close the affinity between Baudelaire and De Quincey actually was.

Excellent read
Tereza
Dec 12, 2013 Tereza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You don't have to agree with him (except the last two paragraphs of the book). But you must appreaciate this amazing books and (some of) his thoughts!
Ritinha
Mar 28, 2012 Ritinha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38qDaS...

Ah e tal que o ópio e o haxixe são maus mas o vinho é super bom.

Haja pachorra! --'
Valentina
If you are interested in the subject this is upscale druggie litterature.
S.
Mar 30, 2016 S. rated it liked it
didn't really finish it... but it's in the pure beaudelaire style...
Coleccionista  de finales tristes
No recomiendo Los paraísos artificiales
Carlos
May 24, 2012 Carlos rated it really liked it
Read Portuguese translation.
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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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