Note: This review is based on the Citadel Press Edition, translation and introduction by Stacy Diamond. All photographs are in the public. From Les Paradis Artificiels (Artificial Paradises), Baudelaire’s book on hashish, a drug he referred to as “the playground of the seraphim”. At the time of its release in , Charles Baudelaire’s Artificial Paradises (Les Paradis Artificiels) met with immediate praise. One of the most important French.

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Artificial Paradises : Charles Baudelaire :

Your face is deluged with paleness; the lips draw themselves in, baudelaird into the mouth with that movement of paraduses which characterizes the ambition of a man who is the prey of his own great schemes, oppressed by enormous thoughts, or taking a long breath preparatory to a spring. He cannot now dismiss them, for the will has been enfeebled and can no longer govern the faculties.

Top Blog at WordPress. One of the most important French symbolists, Baudelaire led a debauched, violent, and ultimately tragic life, dying an opium addict in Musings of the Mad Artist Topics:. Retrieved 20 April Kerouac and Music beatdom. The beginning of this book might be a little discouraging since it describes and lists the aspects and effects of haschish and opium, but then, Baudelaire focuses solely on opium and uses De Quincey’s autobiography as an exemple.

Today Baudelaire’s work is considered the “last brilliant summation of romanticism, precursor of symbolism and the first expression of modern techniques”.

All contradiction is resolved.

If you love his poems, there’s a good chance you’ll be as absorbed as I was by this book! Da leggere per provare qualcosa di interessante e particolare. You don’t have to agree with him except the last two paragraphs of the book. Trivia About Les Paradis artif The most singular ambiguities, the most inexplicable transpositions of ideas takes place in your sensations. Deep but hoarse sighs escape from your breast, as if the old bottle, your body, could not bear the passionate activity of the new wine, your new soul.


Clearly Baudelaire adores the Confessions and his account takes the form of a paean from one literary artist to another. This site uses cookies.

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Of western countries at that time, France was the best acquainted with cannabis, due to its invasion of Egypt in the Napoleonic era and the subsequent interest in and importation of the drug by its soldiery.

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Would you, in your soul and conscience, have the pitiless courage to condemn a man who drinks of genius? Though these sentiments jar with current cannabis enthusiasm, the writing is always lucid and perceptive, and indeed marvellous to read.

In tandem with the flourish of artistic expression, came a seedy culture of drugs, drinking and decadence. Jul 09, Czarny Pies rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Lists with This Book.

Interesting and captivating in style, but not so exciting and intense as the experiences of the opium eater, the book’s hero. He was educated first at a military boarding school and then the College Louis-le-Grand, where artficial was later expelled in This review is based paradisrs the Citadel Press Edition, translation and introduction by Stacy Diamond.

Paradiises the first to ask a question about Les Paradis artificiels. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. These poets would now put cannabis on the drug-lit map, alongside opium and its derivative laudanum. A complex subject, not enough space, won’t say more The second part is just an exegesis of De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater skip Baudelaire and just read the original, it’s goodand the last part is about how much Baudy liked his wine, which he considered far superior to hashish.

Artificial Paradises : Baudelaire’s Masterpiece on Hashish

Others see him as being the poet of modern civilization, seeming to speak directly to the 20th century. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

On bajdelaire drug trip with Charles Baudelaire. Known for his highly controversial, and often dark poetry, as well as his translation of the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Baudelaire’s life was filled with drama and strife, from financial disaster to being prosecuted for obscenity and blasphemy.


My library Help Advanced Book Search. I would recommend this book to any discerning academic, those with an interest in abnormal psychology, or anybody who would merely like to add a grand number of new words to their vocabulary. Les Fleurs du mal Le Spleen de Paris Thus he profoundly influenced the later French symbolist writers, including Mallarme and Rimbaud, and such English-language poets as Yeats, Eliot, and Stevens.

But how dangerous, too, are its fierce pleasures and debilitating enchantments. Baudelaire died, apparently from complications of syphilis, on August 31,in Paris. If you are interested in the subject this is upscale druggie litterature. It is the punishment buadelaire an impious prodigality in which you have squandered your nervous force.

Baudelaire then began to study law, at the Ecole de Droit in Paris, but devoted most of his time to debauchery. These hallucinations, sometimes exquisite, sometimes disturbing, and the delusions of grandeur that often accompanied them, constitute the Paradis Artificiels, the gorgeous yet false worlds of ecstasy that eventually led to his ruin.

The book is basically rot. Notify me of new comments via email. Growing up in a wealthy suburb of Paris with only his mother, since his father had died in his early childhood, he showed immense promise artiticial a writer, garnering immediate praise for his melancholic poetry.

Seemingly Paradised styled his hashish accounts on the two-part de Quincey model, first the upside and then the downside, and from our artificia perspective, understanding more about the pharmacology of both drugs, we can see how that model much better suits a truly metabolically addictive drug like opium, but far less so hashish, which for all its enchantments and possibly perils is not addictive in that way.