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La Folie Baudelaire

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Al centro di questo libro si trova un sogno dove l'azione si svolge in un immenso bordello che è anche un museo. È l'unico suo sogno che Baudelaire abbia raccontato. Entrarvi è immediato, uscirne difficile, se non attraversando un reticolo di storie, di rapporti e di risonanze che coinvolgono non solo il sognatore ma ciò che lo circondava. Dove spiccano due pittori di cui ...more
Paperback, Biblioteca Adelphi #531, 425 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Adelphi (first published 2008)
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The structure of Calasso’s book resembles that of the “brothel-museum” of which Baudelaire dreamt in the early hours of March 13, 1856, a Thursday – a dream interrupted at 5am when his mistress, Jeanne Duval, moved a piece of furniture in another room. Baudelaire encounters a fellow poor man of letters with whom he splits a horse cab; they pursue an oneiric, nocturnal version of their daily routine, calling at editors’ offices to submit or solicit reviews, and to present their published books to ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Geoff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Geoff by: Eric
Shelves: biophilia
What, I'm supposed to write a better review of this than Eric? Gimmee a break. Just go give his some 'likes':
Jose Luis
Interesante repaso al arte y la literatura del siglo XIX, a través de los caminos abiertos por Baudelaire. El estilo de Calasso hace de esta una obra literaria de primera, más que recomendable, aunque se echa en falta un enfoque más sistemático y más centrado en la figura del poeta, y quizá sobran bastantes de las páginas dedicadas a Ingres, Degas u otros pintores, así como que profundice más en los vínculos con Rimbaud, Lautreamont y otros 'elementos'...
It almost never takes as long to read a book as it did this one (almost two weeks). I feel a bit silly reviewing it, because I don't feel smart enough to comment. It's probably brilliant, and Calasso is amazingly knowledgable in a wide variety of ways (literature, art, languages, philosophy, who knows what else...), but a lot of it went over my head and the prose was in general dense and challenging.

As another reviewer has noted, having finished the book, I don't feel I have gotten to know Baude
One way I approached this unusual book was to discover by flipping pages and inspecting the artwork, which is beautifully reproduced, that a section on the artist Manet begins on page 211 and that it further discusses the artist Berthe Morisot. I always enjoy Manet's paintings in museums, and have also seen Morisot's work and her house in Paris, so it is a passage that was especially meaningful to me. I agree with other reviewers here that many names are obscure for me, and I'm not expecting to ...more
René  Llatas Trejo
“Quaerens quem devoret”

Roberto Calasso pone de manifiesto esta frase en latín que significa “Buscando a quien devorar” en manos de Baudelaire pues a lo largo del libro es lo que representa el espíritu del poeta. La Folie Baudelaire es un libro que bien podría leerse como una novela, como un ensayo, incluso como una historia de la pintura del siglo XIX; y es que todo parece tejerse a través del arte, de las pinturas, sobre todo de las pequeñas historias que conforman y forman parte de su creación
Steve Folan
Baudelaire, his contacts and the things that were happening around him makes for a fascinating read but a complicated one. Different chapters look at different aspects of his life and it talks about Degas, Rimbaud. Delecroix. It made me feel a bit brainier afterwards but I better have a look at some of the paintings and have a read of the poetry.
Charles Baudelaire
Am only a hundred pages in but I love Calsso's enthusiastic about his writing on Baudelaire and the period...most of which is not exactly titilating...he finds a new way to make the subject exciting
Laurie Bennett
I read the edition translated by Alastair McEwen. Jarring and thought-provoking.
Mark Broadhead
I give up. This is not about Baudelaire. He is just an excuse to talk about 19th-century artists.
I don't read much about visual art, but I don't think Calasso is very good.
The one long analysis of Baudelaire was his recording of a dream. I say 'analysis' but to write this drivel after Freud is hilarious, insulting (to both the reader and Baudelaire), etc.
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Roberto Calasso (born 30 May 1941 in Florence) is an Italian publisher and writer. He was born into a family of the local upper class, well connected with some of the great Italian intellectuals of their time. His maternal grandfather Giovanni Codignola was a professor of philosophy at Florence University. Codignola created a new publishing house called La Nuova Italia, in Florence, just like his ...more
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