Comte de Lautréament: Les Chants de Maldoror, illustrations René Magritte. Facsimile 1984

Isidore Ducasse, René Magritte (illustrations)

Éditions Apollo, 1984


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Les Chants de Maldoror is a poetic work in prose written by the French author Isidore Ducasse under the pseudonym of Comte de Lautréamont between 1868 and 1869. Composed of six parts called “chants”, this enigmatic and obscure text does not tell a single story. and coherent, but is made up of a series of episodes whose only common thread is the presence of Maldoror, a mysterious, nihilistic, cruel, perverse, misanthropic and evil character who denies morality and God. The work thus stages blasphemy, sadism, homosexuality, murder around an abundant bestiary ranging from louse to sperm whale with a sometimes ironic, sometimes epic writing using innovative literary processes such as collage.

Long forgotten, the text was rediscovered and commented on by the surrealists at the beginning of the 20th century and became influential in the literary sphere. The baroque poetic flashes of the text, its subversive writing and the sudden and unexplained death of its author at only 24 years old fueled the romantic myth around Lautréamont and the Chants de Maldoror.

Our copy is the facsimile reprint of the 1948 edition illustrated by René Magritte, and in very good condition.



190 numbered pages, b/w illustrations, 24 x 17,3 cm, softcover with original chalk paper wrappers