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Nothing could be better than his blood, warm and just freshly squeezed out as I have described, if it weren’t for his tears, bitter as salt. Les Chants de Maldoror. In the morning I read the Chants again, convinced that I had dreamed Consequently, shrinking soul, turn on your heels and go back before penetrating further into such uncharted, perilous wastelands.

Illustrated by Salvador Dal! How sweet it is to brutally snatch from his bed a child with no hair yet on his upper lip, and, with eyes wide open, to pretend to suavely stroke his forehead, brushing back his beautiful locks! After leaving school at 19, it is speculated that Ducasse traveled, perhaps to visit his father in Uruguay or in the Bordeaux region in France where he may have made literary contacts.

It was the publication by Soupault and Breton that assured him a permanent place in French literature and the status of patron saint in the Surrealist movement. The work, however, remained a fragment. One gets the feeling that absolutely everything is undermined, and that every passage is therefore questionable.

Man Ray brilliantly juggles with the words in the title and the form and content of his ‘simple’ object. My dearest wish had been granted, I no longer belonged to mankind. However, this account has no corroborating evidence, and is considered unreliable. Parts one through six consist of fourteen, sixteen, five, eight, seven and ten chapters, respectively.


The etcher’s tool transformed the poet’s satanic deluge of words into a paradigm of the artist’s own ‘criticalparanoid’ method. The vague form of the object concealed by the blanket suggests a sewingmachine.

This final, violent episode has been interpreted as a killing of the traditional novel form, in favor of Maldoror’s experimental writing.

Do not deny the immortality of the soul, God’s wisdom, the isidoer of life, the order of the universe, physical beauty, the love of the family, marriage, social institutions.

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The book was already printed when Lacroix refused to distribute it to the booksellers as he feared prosecution for blasphemy or obscenity.

Comments are closed on this post. With some exceptions, most chapters consist of a single, lengthy paragraph.


On his death certificate, “no further information” was given. In Man Ray made a reconstruction, which was issued as a multiple in an edition of ten by the Galleria Schwarz in Milan.

The brochures of aphoristic prose did not have a price; each customer could decide which sum they wanted to pay for it. The living conditions worsened rapidly during the siege, and according to the owner of the hotel he lodged at, Ducasse became sick with a “bad fever”. Views Read Edit View history. Several of the parts begin with opening chapters in which the narrator directly addresses the readertaunts the reader, or simply recounts the work thus far.

A line from his Les Chants de Maldoror, “Beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on a dissection table,” became a slogan for the Surrealists. Retrieved 2 May Then, one drinks the blood, licking the wounds; and, during the entire procedure, which ought to last no shorter than an aeon, the boy cries.

It is implied in the idea of progress. Besides, can you not recall one day, absorbed in your dismal thoughts, having lifted your deeply cupped palm to your sickly face, drenched by the downpour from your eyes; the said hand then making its fatal way to your mouth, which, from this vessel chattering like the teeth of the schoolboy who glances sidelong at the one born to oppress him, sucked the tears in long draughts?


He shatters the complacent acceptance of the reality proposed by their cultural traditions and makes them see that reality for what it is: Man Ray’s object is a kind of portrait of this metaphor.

Comte de Lautréamont

After graduation he lived in Tarbes, where he started a friendship with Georges Dazet, the son of his guardian, and decided to become a writer. The swimmer is now in the presence of the female shark he has saved. They swim around keeping each other in sight, and each one saying to himself: It was not until a Belgian literary journal published Lautreamont’s work in that his work began to emerge from obscurity and find an audience among the literary avant-garde.

Like Ducasse, these artists flouted convention, ridiculed values and standards, and launched their weapons of provocation and untrammelled imagination against the dictatorship of reason. For it has no taste. There is much ” black humor “; De Jonge argues that Maldoror reads like “a sustained sick joke”.

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Les Chants de Maldoror – Wikipedia

They could identify with Ducasse’s world of ideas, for imagination runs riot in Les Chants. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. His works are often based on puns, and such is the case with L’Enigme d’Isidore Ducasse.

In Octoberat the age of thirteen, he was sent to high school in France by his father.