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La Folie Baudelaire

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  103 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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
I read this book during dark days of too much work. I would get up at 4:30AM and ride the early train at 5 in the morning and read this slightly phantasmagoric text amongst sleepy riders in my crepuscular journey to work. I am glad I took notes while reading: “…all-embracing concatenation from prostitution to taxonomy, a progression of forms that culminated in the amorphous, in other words, creatures that seem to have fallen from another world (aerolites) highly erudite and insane.” I would say ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  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':
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
Jose Luis
May 22, 2012 Jose Luis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'...
Maureen M
Jul 21, 2015 Maureen M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
This book helped me appreciate a historical novel that pays homage to Baudelaire("Baudelaire's Revenge") and went well beyond that to help me place him in the larger context of 19th Century French arts. But much of it was beyond me. The writer assumes the reader has a deep and broad knowledge of 19th Century French literature. Without that, it is a tough read. I felt like I was in an upper-level college course and had not taken the prerequisites.
Oct 05, 2014 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Roberto Calasso proves to be unparalleled when it comes to informative and engaging writing. I have had "Les Fleur de Mal" on my to-read shelf for a couple years now, and came across this one totally by accident, not even realizing, when I bought it, that it was about the auhor of the same poetry collection. That proved to be a wonderful surprise, but most delightful was the writing found within this book's pages.

"La Folie Baudelaire" is a masterpiece that is well-written and well-researched. It
René  Llatas Trejo
Oct 06, 2013 René Llatas Trejo rated it it was amazing
“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
Jan 16, 2015 Steve Folan rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2015 Charles Baudelaire rated it it was amazing
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
Calasso’s book centers on the poet Baudelaire and his contemporaries in 19th century Paris, particularly the artists he was interested in and wrote about, i.e.: Ingres, Delacroix, Guy, Degas and Manet. I enjoyed the many color illustrations depicting these artists’ works. My favorite section was the one focusing on Degas with illustrations of his more obscure paintings. I’ve primarily only been familiar with his ballerina works—the petis rats. While I appreciate the depth of research that went i ...more
Laurie Bennett
Apr 14, 2015 Laurie Bennett rated it really liked it
I read the edition translated by Alastair McEwen. Jarring and thought-provoking.
Mark Broadhead
Aug 29, 2013 Mark Broadhead rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
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.
Katrina K
Aug 26, 2015 Katrina K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads win. WIll read and review once received.

I really enjoyed the authors writing. This was a great book. It did take me a couple of days, but I was juggling a few different books at the time. Besides being a well written book it was also well researched. I can definitely see myself reading this book again, but with a slower pace on reading it.
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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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