By Le Comte de Lautréamont
Le Comte de Lautréamont used to be the nom de plume of Isidore Ducasse (1846–70), a Uruguayan-born French author and poet whose in simple terms surviving significant paintings of fiction, Les Chants de Maldoror, used to be chanced on by means of the Surrealists, who hailed the paintings as a gloomy progenitor in their circulate. It was once in Les Chants de Maldoror that André Breton came across the word that may come to symbolize the Surrealist doctrine of goal probability: “as appealing because the random come across among an umbrella and a sewing-machine upon a dissecting-table.”
Artists encouraged by way of Lautréamont contain guy Ray, René Magritte, Max Ernst, André Masson, Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy and, particularly, Salvador Dalí, who in 1933 produced a whole sequence of illustrations for Les Chants de Maldoror. Twenty of these illustrations are integrated, for the 1st time, during this new, definitive version of Lautréamont’s influential masterpiece. Vividly translated by way of R. J. Dent—the first new translation for over thirty years—this version additionally features a foreword via French Surrealist poet Paul Eluard and a concise biography of the writer by means of poet Jeremy Reed. furthermore, an creation by way of sequence editor Candice Black information the hyperlinks among Maldoror and the Surrealist movement.