Maldoror and Poems

Comte de Lautréamont Paul Knight

Maldoror and Poems

Maldoror and Poems

  • Title: Maldoror and Poems
  • Author: Comte de Lautréamont Paul Knight
  • ISBN: 9780140443424
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback

Insolent and defiant, the Chants de Maldoror, by the self styled Comte de Lautr amont 1846 70 , depicts a sinister and sadistic world of unrestrained savagery and brutality One of the earliest and most astonishing examples of surrealist writing, it follows the experiences of Maldoror, a master of disguises pursued by the police as the incarnation of evil, as he makes hisInsolent and defiant, the Chants de Maldoror, by the self styled Comte de Lautr amont 1846 70 , depicts a sinister and sadistic world of unrestrained savagery and brutality One of the earliest and most astonishing examples of surrealist writing, it follows the experiences of Maldoror, a master of disguises pursued by the police as the incarnation of evil, as he makes his way through a nightmarish realm of angels and gravediggers, hermaphrodites and prostitutes, lunatics and strange children Delirious, erotic, blasphemous and grandiose by turns, this hallucinatory novel captured the imagination of artists and writers as diverse as Modigliani, Verlaine, Andr Gide and Andr Breton it was hailed by the twentieth century Surrealist movement as a formative and revelatory masterpiece.

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Our author, whether writing as Comte de Lautréamont or Isidore Ducasse, is a master of negation, contradiction, and contrast.Maldoror (and Poems) is a great work. It's audacious, original, startling, heartfelt, insincere, sincere, brutal, funny, outrageous, paradoxical, inspirational. It is the opposite of itself. It's one (or two) of a kind.Some will be attracted to the book because it is sensational. Some will be repelled for the exact same reason. I've commented earlier and elsewhere that--t [...]

Had I had an inkling early on of how much "Brain Pain" this would cause I very much doubt that I would have started this. However the challenge to the reader was thrown down within the first few pages. What reader can resist such a challenge? I won't comment on the overall literary aspect of it because I don't feel as if I have those "credentials".The imagery is strong, powerful, visceral, it's also repugnant, blasphemous, shocking, confusing, elusive but at the same time strangely compelling an [...]

MaldororRead again: Sept 25-281st Bookpage 33: "Show me a man who is good"Section 9: Ocean Invocationge 57: "remember this: we are on this mastless vessel to suffer"page 62: "Sad as the universe, as beautiful as suicide."2nd Booksection 4: author attacks God: "You will do me the favor, O Creator"page 73: "He is struggling in vain in the century into which he has been thrown"Section 7: The Hermaphroditege 87: "Only when you hear"Section 9: Hymn of Glorification to Lice.Section 13: Sinking ship, M [...]

I don't know what the F*** I just read.The most cohesive part of the book was the last Cantos, but that's not saying much.Think of the most obscene, nonsensical and/or violent scenario in your mind and it's probably in this book. Make your crazy ass scenario includes a shark to have sex with, or a beetle pushing a giant ball of shit up a hill, or a gigantic crab ready to fight you in the name of God. Throw in some murder, lots of shit talking about the Creator, vivid descriptions of vaginas, eve [...]

Ingredients: Victorian obsession with cataloging flora and fowl using proper names that nobody knows or cares about, overuse of the exclamation point on a level that rivals the text messages of a 12-year-old girl, the forced use of strong verbs that are barely strong enough to support bloated sentences festooned with superfluous adjectives and illogical metaphors stretched so beyond any real relationship they seem foolish, a complete lack of narratorial voice that makes the text a disengaging me [...]

This is a very peculiar book for review because one can approach it from two perspectives - its 'importance' in literature and whether it is actually worth reading. It is like the Bible in that respect - the sort of blasphemous implication that Isidore Ducasse (the actual author) might have appeared to revel in.Let us start with a first proposition - that it is 'important'. Yes, Maldoror is important if you are a specialist or interested in French literature and at two levels. It is both a stepp [...]

WOW! Where in the hell has THIS book been all my life? This is incredible. I've read nothing like it.The book essentially follows the exploits of an evil supernatural creature (?) called Maldoror. Most chapters are self-contained vignettes. There are wild scenes of violence, confusing philosophical rants, followed up with symbolic, dream-like chapters.It's cruel, poetic, bitter, melodramatic, sadistic, misanthropic in the extreme, and at times utterly baffling. It's full of tangents, often in mi [...]

This book contains some of the longest sentences I have ever read and make it worthwhile to wander through their intricate pathways to discover what oddments Isidore Ducasse has hidden at the end -- or maybe the time spent lost in tangents, those wonderful and maligned (yet always compelling, like a distant scent of maple on the air that shouldn't be there, but impossible, strangely *is*, and admits of no rational explanation ready at hand) glimpses into the hidden rooms of creativity that are o [...]


This is a surreal, gothic, poetic, brutal, imaginative, unreadable non-story of a book written in 1868 by 22 year old Isidore Ducasse who died 2 years later. It is based around the narrator's real life and imagined alter ego Maldoror. He describes what he sees and produces a darkly, sinister, interaction from them whilst at the same time the narrator tells us what Maldoror sees and does. Maldoror loathes himself, God, life, everyone else's life and his situation. The book is actually six mini-bo [...]

I read this book awhile ago for bibliogoth as recommended by sahra_patroness, I had to read it in English because even if I can read easy novels based in Imperial China there’s no way I’d be able to cope with one of the heroes of the Surrealist movement! I have to say I found it rather perplexing. I did want to enjoy it as it’s also one of beluosus’s favourite books but found it rather strange. There were some startlingly beautiful and horrible moments and passages within it; there were [...]

This book is incredible but the translation is really piss poor. A lot of the conjugation got mixed up so first, second and third person points of view can all end up in one paragraph. This makes the novel much harder to read especially considering the halcuinatory nature of the text. It is worth it to track down the Exact Change version translated by Alexis Lykiard.

If I could give a 1/2 star I would, really giving it a 4 star only due to Poems. Maldoror was the true part of the book to read, very good story and disturbing at times. One of the books on the David Bowie reading list, and I can see why Mr Bowie enjoyed this one, worth the time to read it.

Największą zbrodnią Maldorora jest bycie bohaterem książki tak fatalnie stylistycznie napisanej. Największy antytalent literacki w historii?


3.5 stars. Maldoror is a collection of long prose poems (and one novella) surrounding the character Maldoror, who sometimes narrates and sometimes takes part in the action. We see his macabre visions and get inside his head as he contemplates evil and the darker side of humanity. But in the true tradition of the grotesque, he is never entirely repulsive. The reader becomes hypnotized by the beauty of his dark descriptions. He praises the fury of the ocean as the one overpowering aspect of nature [...]

Admito que a minha entrada neste livro não foi totalmente virgem. Eu já o conhecia e já tinha lido excertos (e sabia alguns de cor graças aos fantásticos Mão Morta!). Porém, nada se compara à constante exposição, ao longo de uma semana, a este livro e às consequências que dela resultam. É perigoso pela sua beleza e pelo facto de ser, a par dela, de uma negritude e maldade inimagináveis. E aquilo que parece destinado ao fracasso pela demasiada complexidade da escrita transforma-se n [...]

Wow! This is a great book, though not flawless. The author starts by warning the reader to turn back if he hasn't the stomach for what followsof course that just draws you in, as intended.As soon as you start reading it you can see why the surrealists loved it. There's a constant stream of imagery that is by turns gothic, sacrilegious, violent, repulsive, funny, blasphemous etc. Some of the imagery just stick in your brain like the the toads that live in Maldoror's (left) armpit and the crab tha [...]

The revolutionary insanity stalking the perimeters of the Victorian townhouse. Maldoror is what the novels of these domestic spaces don't admit: the pussy, glandular body; the beauty of the predatory and asymmetrical natural world; and all kinds of gross sexual and violent impulses. This seems to be situated as a root text for surrealism. If it is, I think its important to note just how transgressive Lautreamont's surrealism is. Its more than weird, quirky stuff, its purposeful inversion of the [...]

Les Chants du Maldoror is one of the most intensely negative reading experiences you will ever have. This is a work which is intentionally crafted as a brutal assault on every aspect of reality as it is. I think it comes very close the the absolute ideal of what a real piece of literature should do for a reader.I'm not just talking about the character Maldoror's self-proclaimed war against God and Man, or figures like the hermaphrodite who wreck established categories - every aspect of this book [...]

"Maldoror and Poems" by Lautréamont (real name Isidore Lucien Ducasse). First published in 1868-1869. I first heard of this book in 2002, when I began getting into the music of Current 93 (on the first Current 93 album "Nature Unveiled" there is a song called "Ach Golgotha: Maldoror is Dead"), but it wasn't until 2004, when I started working at Barnes & Noble, that I got my hands on a copy of it. Something about the description on the back cover captivated me: "One of the earliest and most [...]

Тяжелая, не очень приятная книга с элементами необоснованной жестокости, которую просто сложно читать. Да, некоторые эпизоды написаны потрясающе, но другие просто омерзительны образами, которые рождают в твоей голове. Скорее всего для своего времени это было передовое пр [...]

The idea of this book was much more interesting than the work itself. Some of the segments are fierce and wild expressions of the darker nature of humanity and self-will which I loved for the gross fierceness of it(which in its sincere tone is a poetic feat) but later on things get into weird post-modern gibberish where the narrator basically runs on and on in a Thomas Pyncheon/Absalom, Absalom fashion about nothing while mocking you for reading such sentences and passages about (admittedly) non [...]

Having died in 1870, Lautréamont very much predates the surrealists who later embraced him as spiritual forefather. His contemporaries and/or influences were roughly the Symbolists (Verlaine, Baudelaire), though he died too young and obscure for anyone to have taken much notice at the time.I read this with a bit more of a sense of obligation than pleasure - it takes some getting used to the lack of conventional narration, elaborately confusing sentence structure and other devices, which as Paul [...]

I have never read anything quite like this. I actually have never even heard of this book. Lautreamont's name popped up in an article regarding William S. Burroughs. I did a little research into it and bought it the next day. Werid and non-linear, it's reads like a series of episodes in the life of a man who believes he is evil. So, he does nothing but evil things. It's the most nihilistic book I've ever read. the poetry of it is beautfiul, while the content is vulgar and vile. The section where [...]

This is the worst thing I have ever read. Ever. I hate it more than I hate Ulysses. Mmk, so this guy was a prominent figure in the development of Surrealism. Awesome. Real talk: he was a psychopath who would be put into intense psychotherapy for the rest of his life if he had written this today. He is needlessly vulgar and sensationalist in his descriptions. He wants a reaction. I hate works that are primarily written for shock value. This isn't a beautiful project to articulate inner consciousn [...]

It's a minor miracle that this book is known at all. Published by a 23 year old Uruguayan, resident in Paris, it hardly sold and the following year he died during the siege of Paris. More than half a century later the work was rediscovered by the surrealists and came to exert an influence over much of their work.It's easy to see the appeal to Breton and his disciples. It's a potent mix of gothic tropes, Baudelairean symbolism, dark humour, wilfully bizarre juxtapositions and proto-Freudian night [...]

Superb. Puts me in mind of Baudelaire, Nietzsche, William Burroughs, the Sandman comic series and the Jerry Cornelius books by Michael Moorcock. Having been disappointed by some perverse literature recently (Naked Lunch, Thief's Journal) I thought I perhaps couldn't enjoy this kind of thing any more, but Maldoror proved me wrong. Really striking imagery and some really fresh prose thoroughly impressed me. It's like the Naked Lunch that's actually good. It should really have a much wider readersh [...]

Luckily for me, I read this book in the most suitable phase of my life – young but starting to mature and lose faith in idealism, but yet still dreamy and fascinated with self-destructive notionsThis book is definitely one of the most magical, poetical and enchanting books I ve read in my current life. It ‘s one of those books where it puts you in a faraway enchanted dark forest or in a stormy night on a cliff with rough seas beneath you – and even though the scene looks cold, mean and too [...]

Respect to Lautreamont (ne Isidore Ducasse) for crafting one of the strangest, creepiest, most blasphemous, disgusting, shocking and anti-rational novels ever conceived in the late 1860s -- your literary courage is an inspiration to us all -- but there are portions of Maldoror that are just downright boring and unreadable. The prose is often too hyperbolic for me to take seriously, even if the author and protagonist are directly attacking the Creator and can only speak in the grandest of terms.

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