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Aurelia is French poet and novelist Gerard de Nerval's account of his descent into madness--a condition provoked in part by his unrequited passion for an actress named Jenny Colon. One of the original self-styled bohemians, Nerval was best known in his own day for parading a lobster on a pale blue ribbon through the gardens of the Palais-Royal, and was posthumously notorious for his suicide in 1855, hanging from an apron string he called the garter of the Queen of Sheba. This hallucinatory document of dreams, obsession and insanity has fascinated artists such as Joseph Cornell, who cited passages from it to explain his own work; Antonin Artaud, who saw his own madness mirrored by Nerval's; and Andre Breton, who placed Nerval in the highest echelon of Surrealist heroes. Geoffrey Wagner's translation of Aurelia was first published by Grove Press in 1959, but has remained out of print for nearly 20 years. Also included in this volume are previously untranslated stories by Marc Lowenthal, and poet Robert Duncan's version of the sonnet cycle Chimeras, making this the most complete collection of Nerval's influential oeuvre ever published in English.

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Fiction. "I have never felt any rest in sleep. For a few seconds I am numbed, then a new life begins, freed from the conditions of time and space, and doubtless similar to that state which awaits us after death. Who knows if there is not some link between those two existences and if it is not possible for the soul to unite them now?" -Gerard de Nerval

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Aurelia is a document of dreams, obsession, and insanity. One of the original "bohemians", Nerval was best known in his own day for parading a lobster on a pale-blue ribbon, and for his suicide (1855), hanging from a string he called the garter of the Queen of Sheba. Included are Robert Duncan's translations of Nerval's Chimeras.

Table of Contents

Aurelia — Les filles du feu — Pandora — Walks & memories.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781878972095
Translator:
Wagner, Geoffrey
Author:
Nerval, Gerard De
Author:
De Nerval, Gerard
Author:
Wagner, Geoffrey
Publisher:
Exact Change
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Nerval, Gerard de
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
no. 242
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
230
Dimensions:
8.05x6.07x.62 in. .76 lbs.

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Product details 230 pages Exact Change - English 9781878972095 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Fiction. "I have never felt any rest in sleep. For a few seconds I am numbed, then a new life begins, freed from the conditions of time and space, and doubtless similar to that state which awaits us after death. Who knows if there is not some link between those two existences and if it is not possible for the soul to unite them now?" -Gerard de Nerval
"Synopsis" by , Aurelia is a document of dreams, obsession, and insanity. One of the original "bohemians", Nerval was best known in his own day for parading a lobster on a pale-blue ribbon, and for his suicide (1855), hanging from a string he called the garter of the Queen of Sheba. Included are Robert Duncan's translations of Nerval's Chimeras.
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