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FLEURS DU MAL (LES) (French) Mass Market Paperback – Jul 8 1999

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: GALLIMARD (May 1 1999)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 207040904X
  • ISBN-13: 978-2070409044
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Né à Paris en 1821, Charles Baudelaire publie ses premiers poèmes intitulés Les Fleurs du Mal en 1855 dans la Revue des Deux Mondes. C'est en 1857 que paraît le volume. La même année l'auteur et son éditeur sont condamnés à des amendes et à la suppression de six poèmes. La deuxième édition ne paraîtra qu'en 1861, six ans avant la mort du poète. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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La seconde édition des Fleurs du mal, privée des six "pièces condamnées" en correctionnelle pour immoralité, paraît en 1861. Romantiques par la mélancolie à l'ombre de laquelle ils s'épanouissent, parnassiens par leur culte du Beau et la rigueur de leur composition (ils sont dédiés à Théophile Gautier), ces poèmes illustrent la théorie des correspondances horizontales entre les éléments visibles et invisibles, qui sont comme de "longs échos qui de loin en loin se confondent" pour s'élever en correspondances verticales "ayant l'expansion des choses infinies". Exploration du matériau grouillant qu'est la vie, cette quête spirituelle conduit le poète, tiraillé entre Spleen et Idéal, à travers diverses expériences pour échapper à la dualité déchirante. L'amour, un temps envisagé, est bien vite écarté au profit de l'activité qui caractérise les Tableaux parisiens. Mais la contemplation urbaine s'achève sur la vision presque hallucinatoire des brouillards matinaux. Viennent alors Le Vin et autres plaisirs artificiels, puis le vice, fleurs du mal qui n'offrent que mirage et dégoût. Dans une ultime tentative pour échapper au spleen, le poète pousse un cri de Révolte blasphématoire dont les répétitions ne sont plus des échos incantatoires, mais des piétinements stériles. Reste La Mort. --Sana Tang-Léopold Wauters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As both poet and critic, Baudelaire stands in relation to French and European poetry as Gustave Flaubert and Edouard Manet do to fiction and painting; as a crucial link between Romanticism and modernism and as a supreme example, in both his life and work, of what it means to be a modern artist. His catalytic influence was recognized in the nineteenth century by Rimbaud, Verlaine, Mallarmé and Swinburne and, in the twentieth century by Valèry, Rilke and T.S. Eliot.
Baudelaire's poetic masterpiece, the 1861 edition of Les Fleurs du mal (Flowers of Evil) consists of 126 poems arranged in six sections of varying length. Baudelaire always insisted that the collection was not a "simple album" but had "a beginning and an end," each poem revealing its full meaning only when read in relation to the others within the "singular framework" in which it is placed. A prefatory poem makes it clear that Baudelaire's concern is with the general human predicament of which his own is representative. The collection may best be read in the light of the concluding poem, Le Voyage, as a journey through self and society in search of some impossible satisfaction that forever eludes the traveler.
The first section, entitled Spleen et idéal, opens with a series of poems that dramatize contrasting views of art, beauty and the artist, who is depicted alternately as martyr, visionary, performer, pariah and fool.
The focus then shifts to sexual and romantic love, with the first-person narrator of the poems oscillating between extremes of ecstasy (idèal) and anguish (spleen) as he attempts to find fulfillment through a succession of women whom it is possible, if simplistic, to identify with Jeanne Duval, Apollonie Sabatier and Marie Daubrun.
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I am not a writer, nor a critic. I am a mere reader who appreciates good works. This is one of my staple books, which I often reread and recommend to people who I feel might have the mind to appreciate genius. This is the best translation I know of and as a necessary feature of translated poetry, it includes the original French text, as well. Baudelaire reveals the beauty within darkness and exposes the darkness within light. Brilliance has always been rare, but I would say now it is more rare than ever within the literary field. This may very well be due to books like this going unread by the majority of the population. This is a wonderful book to enhance a person's writing depth, and their understanding of the world. Other great author's and books are: Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud, Mallarme, Antonin Artaud's Anthology and The Death of Satan, Lautremont and Maldoror by Issidore Ducasse, All of the Marquis de Sade's works, Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust, Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce, Anne Sexton's Complete Works, La Batarde by Violette Leduc, the diaries of Anais Nin, and Sylvia Plath's poetry.
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The most misunderstood aspect in Baudelaire's mind is to believe Baudelaire thought evil was an exception, while it formed the rule to which the flowers were the despised growth choked by the very ground from which they sprang.
What did Baudelaire write about? Flowers of Evil. Why? To find the new. How? Plunging deep in the Unknown. Where? Any Where Out of the World.
Charles Baudelaire is beyond doubt one of the most important poets for modern literature--for "post-modern" and thereafter, too. Baudelaire has still to be caught up to by the world, that should read Flowers of Evil still were all else destroyed. Baudelaire represents himself as an erotic Gothic Swedenborgian dandy, prostrating himself in his temple of spirituality before the cult of sensibility and personality. His language--always silent--tells of intense self-overcoming refining itself into the purity of vision, of the existential pursuit of a personally determined means for an authentic and better perfected life.
The attractions of novelties, rarities, curiosities or oddities line most of his store, but only to better light the strange awareness Baudelaire brought to his life. The Flowers of Evil are martyrs sacrificing themselves in their swamps of matter incensing the skies of the ideal. The poems, the same as all of Baudelaire's work, are sad prophecies of Baudelaire's own neglected and misunderstood demise. The most misunderstood aspect of all is to believe Baudelaire thought evil was an exception, while it formed the rule to which the flowers were the despised growth choked by the very ground from which they sprang.
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Charles Baudelaire revolutionized the litterary world when "les fleurs du mal" was published. But even in this day and age he doesn't fail to make and impact, and even astonish learned readers with his powerful stanzas. Many scholars would probably disagree, but I see his "Hymne à la beautè" as the cornerstone of this truly "beautiful" collection. Ordinary conventions are turned up and down completely when the Frenchman uses oximorons and other tools to exhibit the beauty of "mal" (evil or bad - not even the title can really be translated). It is a work that can not only chance a reader perspectives on language - but transform the entire preattained convictions of how life should or can be perceived.
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