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By Thomas S. Andrea

Because the 1874 e-book in Belgium of the 1st posthumous variation of Les Chants de Maldoror, the enigmatic paintings has served as an proposal for the poetic and inventive liberation of numerous twentieth-century writers and artists. Little is understood, besides the fact that, in regards to the book’s elusive French writer Isidore Ducasse, often called le comte de Lautréamont, and his abbreviated existence (1846-1870).

In the absence of an unique manuscript, Lautréamont’s readers have over the years altered his poetry for private, political, and aesthetic purposes. Symbolist literary journals, first variants of his paintings, surrealist illustrated versions, and the distinguished Pléiade version (1970 and 2009), display how various variants of Lautréamont’s paintings have in flip contributed to his legend. In Lautréamont, topic to Interpretation, Andrea S. Thomas conscientiously explores those variants of this so-called poète maudit to teach how impassioned readers can form not just the reception of works, however the works themselves.

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9 Harboring political exiles and literary scofflaws, Belgium had gained certain renown with the practice of publishing obscene French literature following the contrefaçon period. The Jeune Belgique poets wanted to extricate themselves from this image, all the while profiting from it. The roots of a national Belgian literature were directly tied to cosmopolitanism. From the beginning, La Jeune Belgique’s motto, “Soyons nous” [be ourselves]—which later became “Ne crains” [don’t fear]—meant finding a place for Belgian poets in the sun of French literature.

It’s liquid lava. 27 Bloy neglects to cite passages from Maldoror, however, and Lautréamont is never mentioned again throughout the remainder of this long novel. With one exception, the passage went unnoticed until 1890. In Émile Verhaeren’s review of Le Désespéré in the Belgian journal, L’Art moderne, Verhaeren refers to this passage, suggesting a spiritual connection between Marchenoir and Maldoror, as well as between Bloy and Lautréamont: “Les deux écrits, le sien et celui de Lautréamont, ont tel air de parenté.

Cependant, je recherchais activement quel acte de vertu j’avais accompli pour mériter, de la part de la Providence, cette insigne faveur… Mais, qui connaît ses besoins intimes ou la cause de ses joies pestilentielles? La métamorphose ne parut jamais à mes yeux que comme le haut et magnanime retentissement d’un bonheur parfait, que j’attendais depuis longtemps. Il était enfin venu, le jour où je fus un pourceau! J’essayais mes dents sur l’écorce des arbres; mon groin, je le contemplais avec délice!

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