God grant that the reader, emboldened and having become at present as fierce as what he is reading, find, without loss of bearings, his way, his wild and treacherous passage through the desolate swamps of these sombre, poison-soaked pages; for, unless he should bring to his reading a rigorous logic and a sustained mental effort at least as strong as his distrust, the lethal fumes of this book shall dissolve his soul as water does sugar. - Isidore Lucien Ducasse, Les Chants de Maldoror

 

“After some hours, the dogs, exhausted by running round, almost dead, their tongues hanging out, set upon one another and, not knowing what they are doing, tear one another into thousands of pieces with incredible rapidity. Yet they do not do this out of cruelty. 

One day, a glazed look in her eyes, my mother said to me: ‘When you are in bed and you hear the barking of the dogs in the countryside, hide beneath your blanket, but do not deride what they do: they have an insatiable thirst for the infinite, as you, and I, and all other pale, long-faced human beings do.’ 

Since that time, I have respected the dead woman’s wish. Like those dogs I feel the need for the infinite. I cannot, cannot satisfy this need. I am the son of a man and a woman, from what I have been told. 

This astonishes me…I believed I was something more.” 
- Isidore Lucien Ducasse, Les Chants de Maldoror


Comte de Lautréamont was the self appointed pseudonym of Isidore Lucien Ducasse. He was born on April 4, 1846 in Montevideo, Uruguay and died at the age of 24 on November the 24th, 1870 in Paris, France. He was a poet and a strange and enigmatic figure in French literature, who's only works, Les Chants de Maldoror and Poésies, are recognized as a major influences on the Surrealists and Situationists. Lautréamont's writing is full of bizarre scenes, vivid imagery and drastic shifts in tone and style.

 Les Chants de Maldoror is based around a character called Maldoror, a figure of unrelenting evil who has forsaken God and mankind. The book combines an obscene and violent narrative with vivid and often surrealistic imagery.

All Works © Adam Gabriel Winnie 2014
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