Paper $16.95 ISBN: 9780982046487 Published June 2011

The Songs of Maldoror

Le Comte de Lautréamont

Le Comte de Lautréamont

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Translated by R. J. Dent with Illustrations by Salvador Dalí and a new Foreword by Paul Éluard
262 pages | 22 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $16.95 ISBN: 9780982046487 Published June 2011

Le Comte de Lautréamont was the nom de plume of Isidore Ducasse (1846–70), a Uruguayan-born French writer and poet whose only surviving major work of fiction, Les Chants de Maldoror, was discovered by the Surrealists, who hailed the work as a dark progenitor of their movement. It was in Les Chants de Maldoror that André Breton discovered the phrase that would come to represent the Surrealist doctrine of objective chance: “as beautiful as the random encounter between an umbrella and a sewing-machine upon a dissecting-table.”

Artists inspired by Lautréamont include Man Ray, René Magritte, Max Ernst, André Masson, Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy and, in particular, Salvador Dalí, who in 1933 produced an entire series of illustrations for Les Chants de Maldoror. Twenty of those illustrations are included, for the first time, in this new, definitive edition of Lautréamont’s influential masterpiece. Vividly translated by R. J. Dent—the first new translation for over thirty years—this edition also includes a foreword by French Surrealist poet Paul Eluard and a concise biography of the author by poet Jeremy Reed. In addition, an introduction by series editor Candice Black details the links between Maldoror and the Surrealist movement.

Contents

Introduction
       Candice Black
Foreword
       Paul Éluard

The Songs of Maldoror
     First Canto
     Second Canto
     Third Canto
Plates—illustrations by Salvador Dalí
     Fourth Canto
     Fifth Canto
     Sixth Canto

Afterword: "Death Certificate 2028"

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