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Old 01-31-2006   #1
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Comte de Lautréamon: Maldoror

Did someone of you ever read this book ? When I read the French edition about 5 years ago, it was literally a blast to my psyche and I can only recommend it to everyone at this forum.
It still is one of my five favourite works and is placed in one of my bookshelves next to I. Kants "Kritik der reinen Vernunft" for which it is the perfect antipode.
This book and its author are called the fathers of surrealism, because here for the first time the method of "automatic" writing was supposed to be used and it has a dark unconscious imaginary that even rivals Ligotti

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I read Maldoror & the complete works of the Comte a few years ago, and the following words summed up my experience: difficult, bizarre, surreal, incredible, eye opening....the list goes on. It was an incredibly difficult book for me to get through, but the end product was definitely worthwhile. I've often heard Ducasse declared as the "grandfather" of surrealism (since Breton is usually credited with being the "father" er whatever...I don't care, frankly).

I know a few other people on this board have read the works of Lautreamont/Isidore Ducasse

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Re: Comte de Lautréamon: Maldoror

"As beautiful as a chance meeting on a dissecting table between an umbrella and a sewing machine."

"And into his dreams he fell...and forever."
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my favorite part was when he was watching the person get devoured by the shark, and then he went down and had sex with the shark and then killed it.

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Re: Comte de Lautréamon: Maldoror

I've read and re-read that book a few times. I only really happened upon it because I loved the surrealists and they treated it as this almost "mystically evil" text.

There's one passage I remember distinctly in which you can see a clear self identification between Ducasse himself and Maldoror, the character he created--it's toward the beginning, when Maldoror is spotted by the townsfolk approaching a young woman's house. There is a very eloquent and long discussion of Maldoror's essential nature with a flavor of sinister absurdity. Lautreamont repeatedly writes: "I hear in the distance cries of the most acute agony".
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