Maldoror and Poems
Maldoror and Poems
Comte de Lautréamont

Translated by Paul Knight

Recommended by Jeff, City Lights Books

Insolent and defiant, the Chants de Maldoror, by the self-styled Comte de Lautreamont (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, Andre Gide and Andre Breton; it was hailed by the twentieth-century Surrealist movement as a formative and revelatory masterpiece.

Title Maldoror and Poems
Author Comte de Lautréamont
Translated by Paul Knight
Publisher Penguin Classics
Dewey Classification 841.8
Title First Published 01 November 1988
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 288 p.
ISBN-10 0140443428
ISBN-13 9780140443424
Publication Date 01 November 1988
Main content page count 288
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $16.00

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