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La obra clave del padre del Simbolismo. Baudelaire retrata en estos poemas el amor, la depravación del hombre, la desesperación y la muerte sentando las bases de la estética de la vanguardia simbolista que influyó en autores como Rilke, Rimbaud o Valéry. En esta edición, prologada y traducida por Carlos Pujol, se incluyen los seis poemas prohibidos que figuraban en la prim ...more
Hardcover, Austral, 304 pages
Published February 2015 by Booket Austral Singular (first published June 25th 1857)
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John Tidball If you want to read the most complete and most recent version of Les Fleurs du Mal, I suggest you read my translations which I have published side by…moreIf you want to read the most complete and most recent version of Les Fleurs du Mal, I suggest you read my translations which I have published side by side with the original French poems. You need look no further.
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Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Francophiles and poetry lovers
Recommended to Kelly by: My European history teacher
After reading Baudelaire, I suddenly find myself wanting to smoke cigarettes and say very cynical things while donning a trendy haircut. Plus, if I didn't read Baudelaire, how could I possibly carry on conversations with pretentious art students?

In all seriousness, though, I wish my French was better, so that I could read it in its intended language. I'm sure it looses something in the translation... but it's still great stuff nonetheless.

And with a title like "Flowers of Evil," how can you go
Ahmad Sharabiani
Les Fleurs du mal = The Flowers of Evil, Charles Baudelaire
Les Fleurs du mal (English: The Flowers of Evil) is a volume of French poetry by Charles Baudelaire. First published in 1857 (see 1857 in poetry), it was important in the symbolist and modernist movements. The poems deal with themes relating to decadence and eroticism.
عنوانها: قطعه هایی از گلهای رنج؛ گلهای رنج گزینه اشعار شارل بودلر؛ گلهای دوزخی؛ شاعر: شارل بودلر؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نخست ماه اکتبر سال 2001 میلادی
عنوان: قطعه هایی از
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read Les Fleurs du Mal many years back, but it is still within me. Just a few words about this beautiful, sometimes nightmarish, masterpiece. What do you expect to feel when reading Charles Baudelaire? Nothing, I expect, falsely innocent, but superior free-flowing dream sequences of surrealism. I loved to read of prophetic dreams with occasional moments of grace, where the fallen world seems to transform itself into an eternally beautiful moment. As always with poetry we have our preferences, ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Luego de leer “Las Flores del Mal”, debo admitir que me cuesta mucho ejercer una crítica (la palabra me demasiado suena fuerte) o una reseña sobre este libro mítico, debido a mis pobres conocimientos sobre poesía. Es más, recuerdo que cuando tuve que analizar poesía durante mi intento de estudio de la carrera de Licenciatura en Letras (porque de eso se trató, realmente) la pasé muy mal.
Los que verdaderamente saben de poesía no van a descubrir nada nuevo acerca de la maestría de Baudelaire a la
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Here's a recent essay on Baudelaire from the trusty, always-interesting online mag The Millions:

So as to try to follow that, I've got to disclose a bit of an embarrassment. Baudelaire was, for me, the kind of poet only certain kinds of people liked. By this I don't mean Francophiles or the merely pretentious but there was something that set a devotee of C.B. apart from your average earnest, quavering, verbose, nervous poet or poetry fanboy.

It's hard to
MJ Nicholls
Superlative. Thrilling. Sensual. Naughty. Macabre. Joyous. Liberating. Essential. Poetry for the reluctant poetry reader, i.e. me. (A little distracted here listening to Belle & Sebastian’s Write About Love which I finally acquired. Hence the choppiness). Great translation. Don’t care about reading in the original or what is lost in translation. Each translation adds to or improves the previous and this one reads pretty swell to me. Where do I go from here? Verlaine? Rimbaud? Mallarmé? Pam A ...more
Olivier Delaye
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Les Fleurs du Mal or The Flowers of Evil or, let’s extrapolate here, The Beauty of Evil is a masterpiece of French literature which should have pride of place in any bookcase worth its name, right between Milton’s Paradise Lost and Dante’s Divine Comedy. For indeed the beauty of evil, what with its mephitic yet oh so alluring aroma, is exactly what this book is about—a collection of poems and elegies reflecting Baudelaire’s views on our poor human condition stemming mainly from our doomed lives ...more
Luís C.
The Poet is an exile on earth. The only ones to let him wrap around and be a giant. The work of Charles Baudelaire represents the end of one epoch and the beginning of another that lasts even today: the Decadentism. Baudelaire's poems are a journey through inwardness and a call to a spiritualistic breath that is drawn beyond Religion and any atheistic and positivist conception. Nature pulsates with spirituality, the consecrated fire of Prometheus is poetic inspiration, and Hate is a demon that c ...more
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Truly a unique an haunting voice - a visionary poet who forces you to question all that you find comforting - immersion of the self into the torrent of humanity.
Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite poets of all time.

Baudelaire emphasized above all the disassociated character of modern experience: the sense that alienation is an inevitable part of our modern world. In his prose, this complexity is expressed via harshness and shifts of mood.

The constant emphasis on beauty and innocence, even alongside the seamier aspects of humanity, reinforce an existentialist ideal that rejects morality and embraces transgression. Objects, sensations, and experiences often clash, implici
Vit Babenco
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis
Ever since the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge was eaten any lore became an attribute of evil. So to read books in order to wide one’s horizons is just to sign a pact with the devil.
“Pillowed on evil, Satan Trismegist
Ceaselessly cradles our enchanted mind,
The flawless metal of our will
translated by Edna St. Vincent Millay & George Dillon

It's outrageous that this wonderful translation is out of print.
After looking at many versions (including Richard Howard, James McGowan, and Cyril Scott who was my second favourite) this was the only one with truly good poems which replicated the original structures and had the glittering night-magic of Baudelaire's sensual, sinister, romantic, gothic wonderland. Which would of course have something to do with one of the translators herse
Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
This is a step towards possession.

Certainly the possession does not last the entire way through, but even in the less interesting or repetitive poems there are some jarring lines, amplified by a soul in Heat.

Like any elevated piece of literature, Flowers of Evil consumed me to such an extent that at times I forgot I was reading words on a page, its intensity moving my mind into some unknown zone where images, thoughts, and recollections screamed by, colliding with each other. So, too, did I fee
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"As Flores do Mal não contêm poemas históricos nem lendas; nada que repouse sobre uma narrativa. Não vemos nelas tiradas filosóficas. A política não aparece, as descrições são raras e sempre significativas. Mas tudo nelas é encanto, música, sensualidade poderosa e abstrata... Luxo, forma e voluptuosidade."
— Paul Valéry

Só à quarta tentativa consegui ler As Flores do Mal. Parava sempre nos primeiros poemas por estranhar a tradução; não que perceba muito de francês mas incomodava-me a alteração - q
How to describe this volume of poetry? Avant-garde, modernistic, innovative, original? Yes, all of those, and to use a modern slang word, edgy. So edgy in fact, for mid 19th century France, that Napoleon III's government prosecuted him for "an insult to public decency". Six of the poems were banned until 1949. Don't worry; by today's standards they are not so alarming.
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Receuillement/ Blues

Blues, be cool, keep quiet, you mutha,
Intruder, second-story man, you enter with dusk,
It descends. It's here, an atmosphere
Surrounds the town. Builds some up, knocks me down.
Meanwhile the rabble ruled by body
Pleasures, thankless beasts overburdened
Build toward a bundle of remorse
In drugged dances. Blues, take my hand,
Come from them, come here. Look behind me
At the defunct years, at the balconies
Of heaven; in tattered copes, rise out
Of the waters of Regret. The sun sleeps
Poetika i ceo estetski aspekat me jako podsećaju na poeziju Milutina Bojića (koju sam, gotovo kompletnu, pročitao pre neke 2 godine i teško svario), što me u najmanju ruku vrlo iznenadilo, ali mi je istovremeno pružilo dobru priliku da povučem neke paralele.

Opsesija krvlju, krvnicima, uništenjem, pirovima, istočnjačkim orgijama, ženama, duhovima i religijom kod Bojića je ukalupljena, često i neuspešno, u neke bezlične, rodoljubive, erotski pasivne okvire - dok je to kod Bodlera otišlo, umesto za
Ivana de B.
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016, poetry
As I read this I simply felt as if I understood Baudelaire completely, and as if he understood me.
Then I realized my body craved for a cigarette and was ready to throw a cynical, sarcastic comment.
Μόνο την έκδοση βαθμολογώ και μόνο γι' αυτή μπορώ να μιλήσω γιατί, τι να πει κανείς για την ποίηση του Baudelaire; Διαμάντι λοιπόν η συγκεκριμένη, συνδυάζει ποίηση και ζωγραφική κάνοντας την ανάγνωση εντελώς διαφορετική απ’ ό,τι έχουμε συνηθίσει. Η μετάφραση του Σημηριώτη, δε, η οποία είναι σχεδόν τόσο κλασική όσο είναι και το πρωτότυπο, αν και δεν γνωρίζω Γαλλικά ώστε να την κρίνω πιο εμπεριστατωμένα αλλά ούτε και μέτρο σύγκρισης έχω, διατηρεί μέτρο και ρίμα και με άφησε απόλυτα ικανοποιημένο. ...more
Beautifully debauched and morbid,
thank you for inspiring the symbolists and decadents.

Having read a few works by authors who were influenced by this, having seen works of art and illustrations either inspired or based on this, having random lines always swirling and being recited in my head, I thought it was time to revisit this...

Oh the joy I felt reading this again.

Favorite poems:
La Muse malade
La Muse vénale
La Beauté
Les Bijoux
Parfum exotique
Une Charogne
Le Vampire
À Celle qui e
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Die Zeiten, in denen man als Poet mit seinen Gedichten im Stande war die Gesellschaft zu schockieren sind schon lange vorbei. Baudelaires Zyklus "Les Fleurs du Mal" mag einiges an Skandalpotential eingebüßt haben, dafür aber nichts von seiner Qualität. Meine Ausgabe von dtv ist zweisprachig, neben dem Originaltext enthält sie die Prosaübertragung von Friedhelm Kemp, die als Übersetzungshilfe gute Dienste leistet. Der einzigartige Rhythmus der Verse geht allerdings durch den völligen Verzicht auf ...more
Mai Kais
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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أزهار الشر فهو من أعظم دوايين الشعر التي ظهرت على مر العصور . صدر هذا الديوان عام 1855م .يقول هنري لوميتير في مقدمته للديوان :

"إن التمزق الذي عانى منه بودلير بين الرغبات الحسية التي عذبته طوال حياته وبين الإيمان الروحى سمة عصره المسيحى الكاثوليكي لتفشي سر هذه الأفكار التي سيطرت على روحه والتي تضمنتها قصائده والواضحةفي كل لغة وصور ورموز شعره "

مقتطفات من أجمل قصائد الديوان :

- القارورة
ألف فكرة كانت ترقد ...شرانق حريرية
راعشة بهدوء في الظلمات الكثيفة
تحلق باجنحتها وتباشر أنطلاقها
مخضبة باللازورد ملا
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When my eyes, to this cat I love
Drawn as by a magnet's force,
Turn tamely back upon that appeal,
And when I look within myself,

I notice with astonishment
The fire of his opal eyes,
Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
Taking my measure, steadily.

My (initial) amateur assessment is that the translation is to blame for my absence of astonishment. There's no way this could be the same genius who gave us Paris Spleen. Maybe I am but confused. Maybe the threads which shriek decay and ennui were of
juan carlos
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro creado por uno de loes poetas malditos y que debo decir que me llevo a la profunda melancolía y depresión. Pero sobre todo logro darme esas dosis de enseñanza de como describir sentimientos y situaciones.

¿Para qué leer las flores del mal?

1. Desde un ámbito de poesía y terror te da la dosis oscuras necesarias que los amantes del género buscamos. Ya que aborda el tema del vampirismo, la muerte, el infierno y también las nostalgias y las odas a Satanás.
2. Cada poema refleja el dolor de B
3.5 Not going to lie. I'm not an avid reader of poetry, nor does it impress me much, I'm a full descriptions kind of girl. But I wanted to try and here I am. Way too much negativity all around, but hey! Some poems stuck with me for real. So I'll call it a challenge completed.

Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge 2019: A book out of your comfort zone.

Lo que nadie conoce, persiguiendo lo nuevo.

¿Por que los autores mas odiados o no valorados en su época son los mejor reconocidos en la actualidad?
Baudelaire: poet of the cityscape, founder of modernity, who introduces the commonplace into the poetic: ennui, modernity, darkness, and worms, death, worms, worms. He was controversial, judged for being obscene, yet the controversial nature of his poems is only apparent from a historical point of view. (Those readers unaccustomed to the extreme possibilities of poetic expression will find certain images slightly disturbing even today.)

Baudlaire's modernisation streak not withstanding, I found h
Radoslav Gramatikov

С малинови уста жената сластно шава

и гърчи се — като змия върху жарава;

в коравия корсет напъхала гърди,

пак думи, дъхащи на мускус, тя цеди:

„Със сочни устни съм и зная как в леглото

да смазвам старите представи за доброто.

Аз сълзите суша на свойта стара гръд

и старци с детски смях край мене се въртят.

Щом гола зърнат ме, объркват те, горките,

луната, слънцето, небето и звездите.

Мъдрецо, моята наука е сластта,

щом впия в някой мъж и пръсти, и уста

или му дам в гръдта ми зъби да забива,

Lynn Beyrouthy
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When it comes to the most beautiful literature in the world, I radically believe in the imperial prominence of Nineteenth century French literature.
Charles Baudelaire is one of the poets that tremendously alimented this conviction.

Originally entitled "Les Lesbiennes" and brazenly delineating sexuality and libidinous desires, the poems which Baudelaire composed in the decade of 1840-1850 were continuously censored until 1857, when his work was published with the title "Les Fleurs du Mal".

The be
Marlen Leiva
Aprender a leer poesía requiere tiempo y dedicación. Desde el punto de vista de la estética los poemas me han parecido interesantes pero también muy oscuros.
En ellos hay mucha sensualidad, misterio y muerte. Le daré una segunda lectura, para entrar a la fase de análisis interpretativo.
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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براي كسي مثل من كه هميشه توي روشنايي گم ميشه و هر بار توي تاريكي هست كه خودشو پيدا مي كنه، شعر بودلر مي تونه فوق العاده مطبوع باشه. سخته كه الان احساسم رو نسبت به اين شعر ها بگم و تعداد شعر هايي كه تو اين كتاب دوست داشتم انقدر زيادند كه نميشه نام برد. در مورد ترجمه اينكه، مستقيم از فرانسه ترجمه شده و ترجمه ها شاملويي هستند. يعني مترجم به جاي روال عادي ترجمه شعر به فارسي كه فقط منظور شاعر رو منتقل مي كنه، سعي كرده به شعر ها شاعرانگي اضافه كنه و به نظر من در اين كار كاملا موفق عمل كرده.
حرف آخر اين
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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
“My heart is lost; the beasts have eaten it.” 218 likes
“The Poet is a kinsman in the clouds
Who scoffs at archers, loves a stormy day;
But on the ground, among the hooting crowds,
He cannot walk, his wings are in the way.”
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