The Songs of Maldoror

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-06-15
  • Publisher: Solar Books
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Le Comte de Lautreamont was the nom de plume of Isidore Ducasse (184670), a Uruguayan-born French writer and poet whose only surviving major work of fiction,Les Chants de Maldoror, was discovered by the Surrealists, who hailed the work as a dark progenitor of their movement. It was inLes Chants de Maldororthat Andre Breton discovered the phrase that would come to represent the Surrealist doctrine of objective chance: "as beautiful as the random encounter between an umbrella and a sewing-machine upon a dissecting-table." Artists inspired by Lautreamont include Man Ray, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, Andre Masson, Joan Miro, Yves Tanguy and, in particular, Salvador Dali, who in 1933 produced an entire series of illustrations forLes Chants de Maldoror. Twenty of those illustrations are included, for the first time, in this new, definitive edition of Lautreamont's influential masterpiece. Vividly translated by R. J. Dentthe first new translation for over thirty yearsthis edition also includes a foreword by French Surrealist poet Paul Eluard and a concise biography of the author by poet Jeremy Reed. In addition, an introduction by series editor Candice Black details the links betweenMaldororand the Surrealist movement.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
Forewordp. 7
The Songs of Maldoror
First Cantop. 11
Second Cantop. 45
Third Cantop. 97
Illustrationsp. 123
Fourth Cantop. 143
Fifth Cantop. 173
Sixth Cantop. 205
Afterword "Death Certificate (No. 2028)"p. 241
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