Comte de Lautréamont

André Breton wrote that Maldoror is "the expression of a revelation so complete it seems to exceed human potential." Little is known about its pseudonymous author aside from his real name (Isidore Ducasse), birth in Uruguay (1846), and early death in Paris (1870). Lautréamont's writings bewildered his contemporaries but the Surrealists modeled their efforts after his lawless black humor and poetic leaps of logic, exemplified by the oft-quoted slogan, "As beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting-table of a sewing-machine and an umbrella!" Maldoror’s shocked first publisher refused to bind the sheets of the original edition… and perhaps no better invitation exists to this book which warns the reader, "Only the few may relish this bitter fruit without danger."

Title Maldoror
Author Comte de Lautréamont
Publisher New Directions
Title First Published 01 June 1965
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 342 p.
ISBN-10 0811200825
ISBN-13 9780811200820
Publication Date 01 June 1965
Main content page count 342
Weight 16 oz.

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