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Les Chants de Maldoror

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  1,974 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Pl t au ciel que le lecteur, enhardi et devenu momentan ment f roce comme ce qu'il lit, trouve, sans se d sorienter, son chemin abrupt et sauvage, travers les mar cages d sol?'s de ces pages sombres et pleines de poison; car, moins qu'il n'apporte dans sa lecture une logique rigoureuse et une tension d'esprit gale au moins sa d fiance, les manations mortelles de ce livre i ...more
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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
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
"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
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
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
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
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.
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' and '30 Days of Night' movies (view spoiler).)

Today, this
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
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


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.
Czarny Pies
Nov 11, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
A fierce and poisonous bit of stuff. I appreciate his youth and honesty in retelling all this.
Yasemin Şahin
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Saul Minero palacios
Un libro es como un amigo y un amigo esta con nosotros en las buenas y en las malas. Dando por echo lo anterior podemos decir que sin importar nuestro estado de animo, las circunstancias que nos rodean y muchas cosas mas de la vida, siempre podremos contar con la compañía de un buen libro. Hay libros para reír, para llorar (y no precisamente por ser pésimos), libros que nos toman de la mano y nos llevan a extraños y maravillosos mundos otros mas nos arrastran a infiernos sofocantes, no para mata ...more
Cooper Renner
Definitely not my cup of tea: 3 stars as an average of 2 (for my enjoyment or lack thereof) and 4 (its literary significance.) A great deal of the book is designed to shock, of course, but what was shocking 150 years ago doesn't seem all that amazing now--so it can begin to seem quite juvenile. Sort of like how Faust is given enormous power by Mephistopheles and he uses it to play dumb tricks.
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
Gabriel C
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Andrii Mironchenko
The author writes "The songs" with the aim to astonish the reader, but all his pathos seems banal and perfunctory after World War II, KZs, Holodomor...

Moreover, most of the songs repeat one another, and all this kitsch after 2-3 songs becomes boring.

I recommend to read instead of "songs" the poem "A season in Hell" by Arthur Rimbaud.
Michael X
I know that Maldoror is supposed to be the precursor to Surrealism and inspiring to so many artists, writers and poets around the world, but I found myself just bored and tired of reading. It is so dense and hard to decipher that I lost interest. I read half of it and assumed that the rest of it would be more of the same.
Sam Fetters
this book is only impossible to put down because the reader hopes for the defeat of the protagonist, a vile sociopath that speaks of committing such cruel and devilish and self-aggrandizing acts against humanity in a casual, off-the-cuff manner. a classic examination of human ego and french surrealism at its best.
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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.” 37 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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