Maldoror and Poems

Author(s): Isidore de Lautréamont; Paul Knight (Introduction by, Translator)

poetry

One of the earliest and most astonishing examples of surrealist writing


 


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 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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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780140443424
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : October 1988
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Isidore de Lautréamont; Paul Knight (Introduction by, Translator)
  • : Paperback
  • : 288