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Gaspard de la Nuit

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Gaspard de la Nuit (originally published in 1842) combines the haunting Gothic imagery of ETA Hoffman with the colorful romantic verve of Victor Hugo. In it, you will meet Scarbo the vampire dwarf, Ondine, the faerie princess of the waters, and an unforgettable assortment of lepers, alchemists, beggars, swordsmen and ghosts. Gaspard de la Nuit inspired Baudelaire, Rimbaud, ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published May 18th 2004 by Hollywood Comics (first published November 1842)
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Bill Kerwin

A book may be influential without being lengthy or long remembered. Each prose poem, each surreal lyric, each tale of terror written in the last one hundred and seventy five years owes a debt--conscious or unconscious--to this little forgotten book.

Aloysius Bertrand's only book is indeed a slim one, written in his teens and twenties. It is little known, and uneven and eccentric in quality. Yet Bertrand won the admiration of his contemporaries Hugo, Saint-Beuve, and Nodier, created the form of th
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João Reis
Algumas entradas são bastante boas, mas muitas outras são verdadeiramente crípticas para o leitor atual. Ainda assim, um bom livro.
Guido
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho trovato Gaspard de la Nuit mentre curiosavo, una sera, tra i libri a metà prezzo. Ero indeciso, non ne sapevo nulla: il cellophane mi impediva di sfogliarlo; la descrizione sulla quarta di copertina, criptica ed elusiva, non mi permetteva di indovinarne il contenuto facendo ricorso a qualche pregiudizio, come si decide delle qualità di una persona affidandosi alle dicerie che la riguardano, o valutando le sue compagnie. Sono davvero felice di questa piccola scoperta.

È un libro gotico e nottur
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The Literary Chick
Lovely, magical, with darkness. 'A succession of paintings through the medium of words.' ...more
Aggeliki Spiliopoulou
Μια αναφορά του Μπωντλέρ στο έργο του Μπερτράν τον έκανε γνωστό σε  μεγαλύτερο κοινό.

Στα εισαγωγικά κείμενα  "Γασπάρ της νύχτας" και "Φαντασίες με τον τρόπο του Ρέμβρανδου και του Καλλότου" ο συγγραφέας αναρωτιέται για το τι είναι η τέχνη,  ποια τα στοιχεία της και ποιες οι προϋποθέσεις της.
"...αφού ο Θεός και η αγάπη είναι η πρώτη προϋπόθεση της τέχνης, το κομμάτι δηλαδή της τέχνης που είναι συναίσθημα, - ο Σατανάς θα μπορούσε κάλλιστα να είναι η δεύτερη, το κομμάτι δηλαδή που είναι ιδέα."

Ο Γ
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Νίκος Vitoliotis)
Δεν πρόκειται για συμβατική ποίηση με μέτρο κι ομοιοκαταληξία, αλλά περισσότερο για πρόζα, με έντονο ωστόσο ρυθμό. Μπορεί κανείς να δει το κάθε ποίημα σαν μια σύντομη ιστορία, μια ονειρική περιγραφή, σκοτεινή και μακάβρια, τρομακτική και φανταστική. Ο Γασπάρ αφηγήθηκε στον Αλοΐσιο Μπερτράν έξι κύκλους ποιημάτων. Συναντήθηκαν κάποιο βράδυ σ' ένα δάσος και μιλήσανε για πολλά και διάφορα που συνέβησαν στη Γαλλία, στη Βουργουνδία και στη Φλάνδρα: για κακούς νάνους με μυτερά καπέλα και για σαμπάτ μαγ ...more
Phinehas
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Black Coat Press has done us a great service in publishing Donald Sidney-Fryer's translation of this important and influential work. That being said, whoever okayed the cover illustration should be shot. ...more
Liberis
Apr 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Μεσαιωνική ατμόσφαιρα, ρομαντισμός, γοτθικά στοιχεία, όλα μαζί, ανάμικτα σε τέτοια αρμονία που αν δεν είχα διαβάσει ότι ήταν του 19ου αιώνα, θα ήμουν σίγουρος ότι διαβάζω έργο αμιγώς μεσαιωνικό. Υπέροχο, λυρικό, ποιητικό, ταξιδιάρικο στο χρόνο!!!

Στα πολύ +++ οι εξαιρετικά κατατοπιστικές σημειώσεις στο τέλος του κειμένου και το επίμετρο!
Pablo Del
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imaginemos estar sentados, durante la noche, en el banco de un parque y un extraño sujeto, sentándose a nuestro lado, entabla conversación sobre el arte, sobre su carácter divino cuando resulta absoluto, y sobre la figura del artista como simple copista del creador. Al final de la reflexión este nos acaba prestando un libro firmado por Gaspar de la noche, y al final se acaba descubriendo que dicha figura no era sino el mismo Diablo. Básicamente este es el inicio de la obra de Aloysius Bertrand ( ...more
Pol
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maravilloso, único y vanguardista.
Disfruté enormemente este pequeño gran libro.
Las ilustraciones son exquisitas, y ni hablar de la obra en sí.
Sutiles, interesantes, sugestivas, reflexivas, satíricas, cada una de estas piezas, cada pequeño poema en prosa está meticulosamente calculado para efectuar algo en el lector. Es justo el tipo de literatura que más me gusta.

Sin más que agregar, muchísimas gracias Aloysius Bertrand por crear semejante obra, que aún al día de hoy, continúa inspirando a los p
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Epithymetikon
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
perfect, amazing, poetic
César Lasso
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El libro, muy breve, me encantó. Combina surrealismo febril (parece que el autor se estaba muriendo de tuberculosis cuando lo escribió) con belleza poética.
thelittlebookishgirl
J’ai bien aimé mais sans plus. Comparativement au nombre de poème du recueil, j’en ai pas vraiment apprécié beaucoup. Mais je note ceux que j’aimerai me rappeler : « Un rêve », « Ondine »,  « La Ronde sous la roche », « Octobre » et « L’ange et la fée »

Par contre on peut noter son importance (celle du réveil comme du poète) dans l’histoire littéraire (c’est surtout pour ça que j’ai lu ce recueil). Et son avant-garde dans les thèmes abordés (le rêve, la romanisation médiévale, le merveilleux et l
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Gustl
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bertrand mi ha incuriosito: precipuamente per aver influenzato Baudelaire, nella stesura dello: "Spleen di Parigi", e poi, perché considerato il "padre" del poema in prosa francese. La musicalità delle parole l'ho avvertita suadente ed armonica, ma avendo letto poco prima quel capolavoro di ferocia, che è: " I canti di Maldoror", temo che Lautreamont, abbia contribuito ad offuscare quell'appagamento un po' sadico, che di norma è il mio metro di giudizio per valutare questo tipo di opere. ...more
Laginestra
Nov 16, 2010 added it
Shelves: l, francese
Fantasie bizzarre, scomposte, intuitive e fertili. Sarebbe da salvare solo per l'influenza che ha avuto su altri autori, dalle meraviglie pianistiche di Ravel ai poemetti parigini di Baudelaire. ...more
Laurence
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Un style vraiment très particulier auquel je n'ai pas su accrocher. ...more
Caleb
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
A poor translation of a superlative book.
Emily Rosewater
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Клеймить бы "одной из самых значимых" для индивидуального творчества поэтических работ, кабы малейшая нужда была в клейме.
Без сомнения, Эзра Паунд не смог бы, во всём его неподдельном величии беглеца, произвести подобного впечатления на автора рецензии, как человека сочинительствующего.
Эзра Паунд читался вслух в осиновой роще, впрочем, Бертран не озвучивался, но звучал, проницая повседневность одним лишь присутствием текста (болтающегося) за спиной или на боку. Но к чему сравнивать несравнимое?
Ш
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Carla
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cuentos, reseña
Estás tranquilo en un parque observando las estrellas o lo que sea que te llame la atención, entonces se te sienta al lado tuyo un extraño que comienza a hablarte sobre el arte y para finalizar te entrega un libro titulado "Gaspar de la noche", que supuestamente lo vendrá a retirar una semana después y desaparece el sujeto. Al siguiente lo buscas en todos lados, suponiendo a que todo el encuentro de ayer te pareció muy extraño; preguntas a cada persona que encuentras y solo te responden "—Está e ...more
Stephen
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
The translator Sidney-Fryer's introduction is pretty awful: stilted, hackneyed, repetitive, badly structured. Honestly, I'd hate to read this guy's own work if this is his standard. So with some reluctance I read the poems, hoping the translation was at least faithful, or somewhat elegant; and then my heart sunk when I read Sidney-Fryer translated and *adapted* this work. I did enjoy the prose poems, but feel uncertain that he's done any justice, so I'll keep an eye out to find John T. Wright's ...more
Steven
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of The Night

Interesting prose poems with some historical incidents, some supernatural whimsy, and subtle menace. Nothing terribly cosmic about it. Still, immensely enjoyable. An interesting if overlong intro into the author and his work. But really, skip the rest of the introduction, and read the prose poems. Dammit!
Dylan Rock
Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
An underrated collection of dark and fantastical poetry by the French poet Aloysius Bertrand who despite his early death inspired Baudelaire, Rimbaud and a precursor to the surrealist movement. A must read for anyone interested in these poets and movements.
Liv
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I was impatient, so read the prose-poems before the intro and afterword. If you are versed in symbology, mythology and earlier classics, you will probably appreciate this on more levels than I can. Nevertheless, despite the short length of the poems, they are lush and enchanting.
Svartalfar
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry
3,5*

some poem were wonderful, others were kinda boring. (read it on my computer, must have influenced my reading experience)
Salman Shamim
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's amazing how a lot of shorts tales presented in this book resonate with today and prevalent injustices. ...more
emmarps
"Mon livre, le voilà tel que je l'ai fait et tel qu'on doit le lire, avant que les commentateurs ne l'obscurcissent de leurs éclaircissements" ...more
vicky
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
so i read this book on gutenberg but—and i'm probably about to make translators and french speakers alike cringe—because i don't speak a word of french, i just used google translate...

regardless! i still found it to be a perfectly enjoyable and dreamy bit of poetry

↳ music listened to while reading: gaspard de la nuit by maurice ravel, which is how i discovered the book in the first place
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Kat
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I've been reading Gaspard de la Nuit researching a new novel, so it's not what I'd normally read (although I do enjoy French fiction and poetry very much!). When Bertrand is on fire, it's fascinating and haunting prose. I won't forget the sorceress who rides the flying corpse of a dead horse (cannot unsee...). Some of it I would need to take more time to process, and some of it is simply dated.

I'm not going to review the translation here, just the contents, but I will say that I'm very glad the
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