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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return englsh Book Page. Maldoror is a long narrative prose poem which celebrates the principle of Evil in an elaborate style and with a passion akin to religions fanaticism. He could look squarely at that which others had merely given a passing glance. This edition, translated by Guy Wernham, includes also a long introduction to a never-written, or now lost, volume of poetry.

Les chants de Maldoror

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Michel Houellebecq 2 After reading the englush part of “Les Chants de Maldoror” I thought of giving up literature due to embarrassment of my own literary achievements.

It was half a century ahead of its time, after lautreamontt surrealists in the ‘s were the first one’s to consider it the visionary masterpiece that it is. Rimbaud focused on psychological misery, introspection and analysis, in the work of art as a finished object, marble block, last will So many people write, but so little is worthy… Why? My review of Lautreamont’s “poems”: Feb 04, Sinem A. Jan 23, Capsguy rated it really liked it Shelves: Well wasn’t that a ride, boys and girls?

Maldoror is a trip, enflish what a trip it is. Being 20, I enjoyed engglish adolescent tone and nature of this prose poem, however I can see how other readers may view it as nothing more than grotesque random scenes with at times almost incoherent babbling. The lack of central plot, and disjointed style of the story often led me to be confused, but I don’t think that is necessarily a bad thing.

I appreciate when others try to take a step out of the contemporary novel Well wasn’t that a ride, boys and girls?

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I appreciate when others try to take a step out of the contemporary novel of the time and experiment, sometimes it just comes out better than others. The late ‘s must have been an amazing time for emerging writers, so many ‘new’ concepts and writing styles were created then. This is my first real taste at surrealism, and I don’t mind what I just tasted. Mixed in with rebellion lautgeamont man and God, I can see why this may suit those of a younger audience, mixed with similar feelings.

Sure, at times he may have gone too far, but if you look through that, there is some quite memorable scenes in this gem. Or you could always just check it out for the reading cred, it’ll at least be an interested read!

View all 5 comments. Dec 03, [P] mmaldoror it it was amazing Shelves: If you have been following my reviews for any length of time you will be aware that maldkror are many things of which I am afraid. Yet it is increasingly the shark that haunts my mind like he haunts the sea, silently slicing through the malsoror until he is upon me, intent on ripping out my throat!


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He is a ghoul, shaped like a knife-blade. He is swift and agile madness, with the skin of an elephant and teeth englissh the sharpest shards of glass. How feeb If you have been following my reviews for any length of time ma,doror will be aware that there are many things of which I am afraid.

How feeble, how ungainly man seems when compared to this creature, how unlike a God. Throughout, Maldoror rails against human weakness of character, hypocrisy, hunger for fame and money, etc.

My favourite example of this is when he breeds a pit of vicious lice, which he then lets loose upon the unsuspecting public. Moreover, he openly enjoys these activities, so that the book reads like an ode to cruelty and sadism.

Children, one assumes because they are representative of innocence and purity, are paid special attention, with Maldoror extolling the pleasures of abusing and then freeing them, so that one is seen as both their torturer and their saviour.

He also gleefully admits to wanting to slice off their rosy cheeks with a razor. The reason I find Les Chants entertaining, rather than unbearable, is that they are, for the most part, [intentionally] over-the-top, bizarre and vaudeville; and they feature a main character so thoroughly dastardly, such that even the nastiest bits are absurd or almost farcical. The best example of this is when Maldoror is watching a ship sink and delights in the forthcoming annihilation of the crew and passengers.

At this stage, the story is engaging, but not necessarily funny. 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].

Of course, for anyone who wants to offend, who wants to position themselves as anti-establishment, religion is an obvious, necessary target. Moreover, there is one quite chilling scene in which he endeavors to tempt a young boy into murdering someone who has wronged him.

Yet I prefer not to think of Maldoror as the Devil, as something so easy to digest. To label him thus is almost a kind of comfort. We may not like the Devil, but we do understand him. I am riddled with lice.

Hogs, when they look lautrsamont me, vomit. My skin is encrusted with the scabs and scales of leprosy, and covered with yellow pus. Mind one of them does not escape and come and scratch the inside of your ear with its mouth; for it would then be able to maldotor your brain.

He does, however, identify with outcasts, with prostitutes [with whom he claims to have made a pact to ruin families] and hermaphrodites. In any case, what most struck me while I read Les Chants is that Maldoror is essentially a kind of Mr. Hyde, he is the bad in every one of us, the dark side. Indeed, it is said in the text that evil thoughts exist in all men. View all 4 comments. De otro lado la artificialidad se nota a mi parecer mucho en toda la obra. Si no puedes llorar por los ojos, llora por la boca.

Apr 14, Nathan “N. The beginning of Canto the First:: For unless he is able to bring to his reading a rigorous logic and a spiritual tension equal at least to his distrust, the mldoror emanations of maldororr book will imbibe his soul as sugar absorbs water.

What has become of that lay? We do not know precisely. Neither the trees nor the winds have preserved it. And Morality, who happened to be passing by ignorant of the fact that in its glowing pages she would find an energetic defender, saw it wending its way with a firm and direct tread towards the obscure fastnesses and the secret fibres of human consciousness.


They are still-born on the scorched paper like sparks the rapid extinction of which the eye can hardly follow. For an instant you appeared, covered with the insignia of youth, within my enchanted horizon. You maintain that my ideas are at least singular. What maldorir say there, respectable man, is the truth; but, a partial truth.

And what an abundant source of error and misapprehension all partial truth is! Flocks of starlings have a way engljsh flying natural to them, which seems to be governed by a uniform and regular tactic like that of a disciplined army obeying with precision the voice of a single general. Would you then claim that because I had insulted as if making light of them mankind, the Creator, and myself in my explicable hyperboles, my mission were complete?

Vollmann discovered the permission to allow his prose to blossom and his imagination to range. It might be a somewhat subjective and unprofessional thing to say, but I am certain that the writing process was exhilarating, and it could not have been so had it not been “burdened” by its classic form, since Ducass “The wish to be a pig is a desperation arising from the inability to be human.

It might be a somewhat subjective and unprofessional thing to say, but I am certain that the writing process was exhilarating, and it lautreaont not have been so had it not been “burdened” by its classic form, since Ducasse – as he expresses – “writes for himself,” and the work, in all its vitality, sprouted from the author and his perceived epitomes of poetic beauty; he wrote like a fanboy, allegedly for himself, yet always in regard to an imaginary reader, stern and conservative, laregely so as to heal his lonely, troubled mind.

It is obvious from the start that there is no actual hate present in his expression. Once his mental “illness” social abnormality joins hands with tuberculosis apparently a favorite of apocalyptic writers – this one here, Kamov, and many more! But it is how it is, and very few important authors who are also, coincidentally, famous have remained true to themselves, untarnished by dead-end idealism; this is especially true in surrealism, lautreamnt France to Serbia, and all the way to Russian futurism.

A century and a half later, one of the two lives on. Jul 05, Berna Labourdette rated it liked it Shelves: Los Cantos de Maldoror son publicados en y pasaron totalmente desapercibidos hasta que son desbloqueados por los surrealistas en Algunas opiniones sobre esta obra que acumula millares de tesis, estudios, ensayos, plagios e influencias: Sep 26, Josh!

I fucking loved it. I was assigned to read two short excerpts of this for class, and instead of getting through it with the minimum pieces of flair, I read the whole thing. I couldn’t not fuck you double negative police.

This book is consider the ancestor of surrealism, and having been written in Third line: This book is consider the ancestor of surrealism, and having been written in the s was way ahead of its time. It is an ode to his hatred of humanity but still has a soft side. I don’t know how to explain it but if your into experimental lit or act like you are on alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays like I do then you really should check this out.

Oct 27, Andrew added it Shelves: Or as Lautreamont would put it, bad god.