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Return to Book Page. Grotesque and macabre, Maldoror was something which seemed to me one-of-a-kind.

It is obvious from the start that there is no actual hate present in his expression. My favourite example of this is when he breeds a pit of vicious lice, which he then lets loose upon the unsuspecting public.

Neither the trees nor the winds have preserved it. Mixed in with rebellion against man and God, I can see why this may suit those of a younger audience, mixed with similar feelings. Kaip tik tai ko reikia.

The late ‘s must have been an amazing time for emerging writers, so many ‘new’ concepts and writing styles were created then. It’s like one of the more ridiculous sections of Naked Lunchbut for pages.

Yet this resemblance can only be superficial. Some episodes take place in a town or city, while others occur at a deserted shorewith only a few actors. Review of Contemporary Fiction.

So why only three stars? These animals are praised precisely for their inhumanity, which fits the work’s misanthropic tone:.


Up till now, misfortune has been described in order to inspire terror and pity. The beginning of Canto the First:: Retrieved 2 May The second is that attained by great souls. Les Chants de Maldoror. As another example of a few Great Things developing from the lowest common denominator, out of the many college boys who went to Mexico after reading ‘On lautrezmont Road’ by Jack Kerouac, hoping to find some girl-child prostitutes and guilt-free drug use instead of actually picking up on the author’s message about how destructive his life had been, some Kerouac admirers have gone on to be Genius Lautreamojt.

It’s not haunting, transcendent genius or anything like tha Good god. Jul 05, Berna Labourdette rated it liked it Shelves: Thanks lautrfamont telling us about the problem. Maldoror is primarily divided into six parts, or cantos ; these parts are further subdivided into a total of sixty chapters, or verses.

It is possible that he started this work before his passage to Montevideo, and also continued the work during his ocean journey. Listen well to what I say: View all 4 comments.

Les chants de Maldoror

To me, Ducasse appropriated the style of writing from the Revelations book in the Bible, wrote from a Lucifer follower’s viewpoint, and placed his nightmarish scenes dreams?

I have not read any other English translations of the work, although I’m aware that several alternatives exist a thoughtful comparison of these has been conducted by The Bricoleurwho speculatively concludes that “the definitive English version of Maldoror has yet to be written”. Throughout, Maldoror rails against human weakness of character, hypocrisy, hunger for fame and money, etc. I hail you old ocean! I am the son of a man and a woman, from what I have been told.


One day, a glazed look in her eyes, my mother said to me: Refresh and try again. To label him thus is almost a kind of comfort.

Les Chants de Maldoror – Wikipedia

He dreams the flowers dance round him in a ring like immense demented garlands, and impregnate him with their balmy perfumes while he sings a hymn of love, locked in the arms of a magically beautiful human being.

If a piece of land be occupied by thirty million human beings, they consider they have no obligation to concern themselves with the existence of their neighbors who are settled like roots in the adjacent patch of land. Another representative example of the work’s strange episodes occurs in an early chapter: The juxtaposition of urban city scenes and rural shoreline scenes may be inspired by Ducasse’s time in Paris and Montevideorespectively.

He later perceived he was born wicked: It is when the hero decides to shoot a survivor as he swims towards the shore that the scene is taken into the realm of comedy [although you may argue that what it provokes is the uncomfortable laughter of disbelief].

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Maldoror writes Mervyn a love letterrequesting to meet, and Mervyn replies and accepts.