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  • Hardcover
  • 425 pages
  • La Folie Baudelaire
  • Roberto Calasso
  • English
  • 14 February 2017
  • 9781846142901

15 thoughts on “La Folie Baudelaire

  1. says:

    The structure of Calasso s book resembles that of the brothel museum of which Baudelaire dreamt in the early hours of March 13, 1856, a Thursday a dream interrupted at 5am when his mistress, Jeanne Duval, moved a piece of furniture in another room Baudelaire encounters a fellow poor man of letters with whom he splits a horse cab they pursue an oneiric, nocturnal version of their daily routine, calling at editors offices to submit or solicit reviews, and to present their published books to possible patrons Baudelaire stops the cab at a brothel and gets out to present his book Les Fleurs du Mal was then in final preparation to the madam The brothel museum is composed of immense galleries, adjourning, poorly lit like an erotic Piranesi, Calasso adds in which scattered girls and clients chat Baudelaire is bashful of his bare feet and his penis hanging from his fly, and so studies the pictures on the walls sketches of Egyptian ruins, birds with moving, lively eyes, and clinical photographs of deformed children born to prostitutes At last he comes upon a monster born in the house, pink and green, who squats painfully upon a pedestal, with an elastic, snakelike appendage, starting from his nape, wound around his body They chat he informs about his troubles and pains, the greatest of which is the humiliation of dining at the same table with the prostitutes, the ropelike coil of his neck tail at his side I awake, Baudelaire reported to his friend Asselineau, tired, enfeebled, with aching bones, my back, legs and sides painful I presume I had been sleeping in the monster s contorted position So, I got carried away there but c mon, that s an awesome dream La Folie Baudelaire is a series of galleries, some immense, others just closets a grand bazaar or dilapidated palace of paragraph to page sized essays in which certain paintings, artifacts and texts are presented for explication or rather for explication so insinuatingly subtle you think it the fruit of your own silent contemplation But Calasso s extensive arcades do have a center, and I think it s this Genius is none other than childhood formulated with precision It is possible to come across some of Baudelaire s stunning definitions and the art of definition was the one in which he excelled above all obliquely or hidden in a corner, sometimes amalgamated almost inseparably with the writings of another who is De Quincey here or camouflaged in an occasional piece, composed reluctantly Generally, they are not isolated phrases, with aphoristic pretensions, but fragments of phrases from which they must be detached so that their luminosity may expand It is his way of protecting secrets not concealing them behind esoteric barriers, but on the contrary, throwing them into a promiscuous ambience, where they can easily get lost, like a face in a crowd in a big city, thus going back to breathe their unnoticed and radiating life Thus the cell that emits vibrations is not the verse and not even the phrase, but the suspended definition, which we can find anywhere, set in a chronicle or in a sonnet, in a digression or in a note In all these fragments of phrases we recognize a perceptual constellation that had never crystallized before They are juxtapositions of sensations, syntagmas, phantasms, single words, sentiments, ideas, that moved away from current schemas, but without damaging form too much.Baudelaire s case of a clandestine metaphysics glimpsed here and there in ephemeral feuilletons, of a marginal and erotic modernity infiltrating familiar forms without rupturing them the greatest exemplar of modern poetry in any language, according to Eliot, also wrote sonnets so morphologically antique that when Aleksander Wat placed one before Czeslaw Milosz, alongside a seventeenth century sonnet, Milosz hesitated a moment before pronouncing which was Baudelaire s , provides the theme, a theme whose variations Calasso tracks in the circumambient painters and poets Ingres extolled drawing and denigrated a concern for color, while being one of those most inventively bizarre and idiosyncratic colorists of all time pompously lit candles at the academic shrines of Raphael and Nature while his pencil, said Paul Val ry, pursued ideal grace to the point of monstrosity the spine never long and supple enough, the neck flexible enough, the thighs smooth enough, or all the curves of the body sufficiently beguiling to the eye, which envelopes and caresses than it sees them The Odalisque, with a hint of the plesiosaurus about her, makes one wonder what might have resulted from a carefully controlled selection, through the centuries, of a breed of woman specially designed for pleasure as the English horse is bred for racing Manet loved success, parties, the old masters, women, writes Calasso, but as soon as we look at his paintings everything becomes far obscure and disturbing Degas, in Medieval War Scene and Interior , comes right up to traditional, legible genre painting, but withholds some crucial touches, so that the works permit no narrative, or permit any and all narrative in Interior obtusely re titled The Rape by the painter s close friends Calasso says meanings are opaque, sentiments obscure, the whole thing could fall only into that all enveloping, brooding, formless genre that is life itself Degas obeyed tradition in his obsession with the female figure, but stubbornly fetishistically pursued the marginal, the intermediate poses among the canonical ones, the poses that have no meaning and are only functional and often not perceived even by those who make them the washerwoman yawning, the dancer stretching, the bather drying her toes Degas Portrait of Edmund Duranty is one of my favorite paintings and I realized that I ve loved it in Calasso s terms a known form imbued with strange perception the coexistence of closely drawn portraiture and pure coloristic abstraction Degas translated Duranty s books into that new existence in a beyond of color of which Rilke spoke, where they exist without any previous memories This is a vast and rich book, and I feel like a tool for emphasizing the schema Calasso has long been a writer I felt should read, now he s one I know I must the jacket bio says La Folie Baudelaire is the sixth panel of a rambling work that I assume begins with The Ruin of Kasch Compensatory anecdotes On the return leg of their louche tour of the fleshpots of Egypt, Flaubert and Du Camp sojourned in Istanbul There they dined with the French ambassador, General Aupick, and his wife Aupick felt obliged to talk shop with the two writers, and awkwardly, gruffly asked, Has literature made any good recruits since you left Paris Flaubert stared blankly, probably trying to keep a straight face after recruits Du Camp mumbled something about meeting this guy Baudelaire, who will make a name for himself Embarrassed silence Du Camp did not know that Baudelaire was the General s disowned and disgraced stepson Later, while the General and Flaubert were talking about something else, Madame Aupick timidly approached Du Camp, whispering, He has talent, doesn t he In Courbet s The Artist s Studio Baudelaire is famously marginal and book absorbed in the hubbub of models, critics, pets, and assorted hangers on Photographic analysis has revealed that Courbet painted Jeanne Duval a black woman looking very coquettishly at herself in a mirror, said Courbet beside Baudelaire, but erased the image at Baudelaire s insistence A talismanic framed print a detail of The Artist s Studio of Baudelaire reading, a plate from a ruined 1930s book on Courbet I found for 50 cents has hung on my wall for six years I took it down and immediately saw Jeanne s ghostly face floating over Baudelaire s How have I missed it Calasso says that 19th century French audiences modernism s first audience didn t see what they weren t looking for.


  2. says:

    No one had crossed that city so wisely and congenially, like some saturnine guardian no one had made it breathe in his prose and poetry as Baudelaire had done.Calasso has penned a book where the fantastic and the bizarre in all their connotations dovetail It is vison from a fever, a strange state of affairs and the lodestar is one Charles Baudelaire The book is a gallery or to borrow Baudelaire s famed dream, it is a brothel museum where one can trod barefoot and indecently exposed and marvel at the amor fati, the crazed and brazen, where the chronicles of Manet or Ingres can astonish Where humility leaves us weeping The sections on Baudelaire and Rimbaud were superior, a crackling mastery of modernity is on display Calasso weaves and constructs, he teases us with a theory of allegory and flashes an homage to Baudelaire s embrace of definition The sections on painting are the sinew of the book, but were less effective to my simple soul.Calasso is always looking both forward and back, his erudition is breathtaking as is the pellucid prose.


  3. says:

    nei dispiaceri del vero poliziotto, Bolano fa innamorare Amalfitano di un falsario di quadri di nome Castillo, con cui una sera va a vedere uno spettacolo di spogliarelliste e maghi a cui assistono anche contadini e magnaccia di puttane Per molto tempo, ho pensato a cosa evocasse in me il nome Castillo e per molto tempo non ho saputo dirlo Poi un giorno, quasi all improvviso ed una specie di grazia fulminante , mi sono ricordato del sogno di Baudelaire, che Calasso racconta in questo libro Il poeta scrive al suo amico Asselineau di aver sognato che una notte, mentre si aggirava per commissioni, incontra l amico e letterato Castille, anche lui impegnato in commissioni, e sale nella sua carrozza Questa carrozza si ferma di fronte a un bordello dove Baudelaire scende, con il pene che gli spunta dall apertura dei pantaloni e i piedi nudi, indecente come non mai, per affidare alla ma tresse un libro osceno E la stessa oscenit con cui si presenta la letteratura di Bolano, piena di verghe in bellavista L entrata timida e impacciata in questo bordello l entrata in una sorta di museo, in una galleria alle cui pareti appeso di tutto, disegni, fotografie, figure egizie, uccelli , e tutto indecifrabile eppure vibrante di mistero Fino all incontro con un mostro, un mostro con cui Baudelaire avrebbe continuato a parlare di noie e dolori , di cose semplici della vita di tutti i giorni, non di misteri inaccessibili, se non l avesse svegliato la moglie Jeanne Come non sentire al termine di questo racconto sogno, l olezzo della letteratura Tra le righe, viene suggerito quasi un metodo, che Bolano cos bene seppe catturare, per poter arrivare a parlare con il mostro di cose semplici e quotidiane Non disegnate mai dal vero ammoniva Degas disegnate solo ci che rimane nella memoria, ci che visita le vostre notti, la parte essenziale.


  4. says:

    I read this book during dark days of too much work I would get up at 4 30AM and ride the early train at 5 in the morning and read this slightly phantasmagoric text amongst sleepy riders in my crepuscular journey to work I am glad I took notes while reading all embracing concatenation from prostitution to taxonomy, a progression of forms that culminated in the amorphous, in other words, creatures that seem to have fallen from another world aerolites highly erudite and insane I would say for this book, come for the Baudelaire, stay for the Ingres and Degas This is not so much as a biography of Baudelaire but of a capture of his milieu Calasso writes about other writers, painters, thinkers that Baudelaire most likely have rubbed elbows with As an art history student, I was very unimpressed with Ingres and Degas, but Calasso s chapters on these painters opened new interpretations and insights into their techniques and subject matter which I had never considered this enough would have been worth the read Overall, the language and meditations on modernity, Paris, and writing fit my liminal mindset, my reading during darkened transports, and my sad time loss And as a habitu of certain moments in history, I appreciated delving into this writer s life strange and hallucinatory Baudelaire.


  5. says:

    It almost never takes as long to read a book as it did this one almost two weeks I feel a bit silly reviewing it, because I don t feel smart enough to comment It s probably brilliant, and Calasso is amazingly knowledgable in a wide variety of ways literature, art, languages, philosophy, who knows what else , but a lot of it went over my head and the prose was in general dense and challenging.As another reviewer has noted, having finished the book, I don t feel I have gotten to know Baudelaire the man very much at all He s a leitmotif than a central character It seems odd to me that other figures, all of them artists, come through vividly Ingres, Manet, Degas but Baudelaire does not, at least not for me.I can t figure out if this book is remarkably learned or just somewhat pompous Calasso inserts words and phrases in a great many languages French, of course, but also German, Greek, Italian, and undoubtedly others There are sentences and passages in French which are not translated, and my facility in the language was not adequate to understand them fully Buy, hey, even his English was often beyond me, and my vocabulary is pretty good What on earth is an oneiric paralogism And how about these words aerolite, ecliptic, scrotoma, coryphaei, palisande, incondite and hierodule Do they come from Capasso or the translator There are an enormous number of writers, thinkers, artists and others alluded to in the book and often discussed I m afraid while it is probably impressive, it was just too much to absorb La Folie Baudelaire is probably best read by an academic with a deep background in 19th Century European culture and politics which I unfortunately lack It seems very much worth reading, but I can t say it gave me very much pleasure.


  6. says:

    What, I m supposed to write a better review of this than Eric Gimmee a break Just go give his some likes


  7. says:

    Calasso indubbiamente sa scrivere, e questo non un libro per neofiti Si tratta, in effetti, di un saggio che risulterebbe oltremodo ostico a qualcuno che non abbia una minima conoscenza del periodo di cui si parla e degli artisti presentati In massima parte si presenta come una raccolta di aneddoti, intervallati da riflessioni e conclusioni dell autore, il tutto esposto utilizzando uno stile che ben si adatta al periodo narrato Calasso, come ho detto, sa scrivere si muove fra metafore e paragoni arditi con scioltezza invidiabile e con stile sontuoso, naviga o nuota attraverso le correnti del XIX secolo come il Bateau Ivre di Rimbaud Senza una meta apparente, attraverso concetti non sempre lineari anzi talvolta un po laboriosi da seguire Il saggio si apre con Baudelaire, figura che permea in qualche modo l intera opera e resta perennemente sospesa fra le righe, e con Baudelaire si chiude i due ultimi paragrafetti mi hanno perfino un po commosso Il filo portante la modernit , la sua origine, le sue antinomie di fondo Calasso vola radente da Baudelaire a Ingres, passando per Delacroix, Berthe Morisot, Manet, Degas, Rimbaud e altri, finendo a Proust e dunque gi agli inizi del secolo XX Ci che ne esce un dipinto che, esattamente come un quadro di Manet, va guardato da lontano per essere del tutto compreso ossia, se i capitoli presi singolarmente possono risultare mancanti di un filo conduttore, poco pi appunto di una raccolta di aneddoti, arrivando alla fine si nota la composizione del quadro completo un evocativo, suggestivo ritratto della seconda met del XIX secolo, divisa fra il classicismo e le avanguardie nascenti, pregna di una sensualit opulenta eppure velata, fra Sainte Beuve e una corrente boh mienne che faceva paura, fra progresso e passato Il capitolo dedicato al bordello museo di Baudelaire, quello centrale, anche quello che esplicita perfettamente il fondamento della modernit , quasi un paradosso, pur se in questo punto ho anche trovato un po azzardate alcune delle conclusioni a cui Calasso giunge.Punti pi alti del saggio sono, secondo me le poche righe dedicate all amicizia fra Chopin e Delacroix l ultima parte del capitolo del bordello museo, quella in cui si analizza il mostro in generale il capitolo dedicato alla modernit , con particolare attenzione ai paragrafi dedicati a Manet l ultimo capitolo, in cui interessante anche l analisi e la particolare attenzione prestate a Sainte Beuve, intellettuale altrimenti poco considerato e reso qui in maniera vividissima.Utile inoltre l apparato bibliografico, e sempre belli da vedere i dipinti inseriti.


  8. says:

    Un librone immenso, pieno di nozioni, pieno di sapere Calasso il gran Maestro che ci inizia a una conoscenza di livello superiore, non facilissimo stargli dietro ma dopo le prime pagine risulta tutto meno ostico Bello e importante.


  9. says:

    Questa splendida edizione deluxe, dalle cui dimensioni si pu apprezzare il repertorio iconografico del libro in maniera non paragonabile all edizione Adelphi, l ho trovata a offerta libera in un mercatino di beneficenza al supermercato Era un edizione regalo pagata da Mps, suppongo, per i suoi clienti migliori Be , cliente Monte Paschi Siena che non sapevi che fartene di Baudelaire hai fatto bene a liberartene Sempre meglio lasciare spazio in casa per gli oggetti che ci interessano davvero E ancora meglio, rimettere in circolo gli oggetti che non ci interessano qualcuno che se ne innamora prima o poi salter fuori.


  10. says:

    This book helped me appreciate a historical novel that pays homage to Baudelaire Baudelaire s Revenge and went well beyond that to help me place him in the larger context of 19th Century French arts But much of it was beyond me The writer assumes the reader has a deep and broad knowledge of 19th Century French literature Without that, it is a tough read I felt like I was in an upper level college course and had not taken the prerequisites.


  11. says:

    Quaerens quem devoret Roberto Calasso pone de manifiesto esta frase en lat n que significa Buscando a quien devorar en manos de Baudelaire pues a lo largo del libro es lo que representa el esp ritu del poeta La Folie Baudelaire es un libro que bien podr a leerse como una novela, como un ensayo, incluso como una historia de la pintura del siglo XIX y es que todo parece tejerse a trav s del arte, de las pinturas, sobre todo de las peque as historias que conforman y forman parte de su creaci n, que al mismo tiempo es alimento para la obra creativa del autor de Las flores del mal Sin embargo, todo comienza desde Sainte Beuve el cr tico despiadado no solo con los escritores j venes sino tambi n con los de su generaci n, incluso cr tico con autores excelsos como Chateaubriand, Flaubert a quien critic tras la publicaci n de Salamb insinuando que era el camino incorrecto luego del xito de Madame Bobary tambi n, Stendhal, de quien dijo que trataba a los parisinos con dureza, aun con muchas impertinencias, pero se cuidaba mucho de la opini n del propio Par s Algo similar suced a por ese entonces con Baudelaire era reacio a los c rculos literarios, diletantes, de dandismo, y sin embargo, en el fondo, quer a que hablar n de l, de su poes a y escritos Pues Baudelaire sol a escribirle a Sainte Beuve para que le hiciera una rese a, pero el asunto parec a ser vano No obstante, Sainte Beuve le consagr algunas palabras Sainte Beuve denomin la propuesta art stica y po tica de Baudelarie como La folie Baudelaire un quiosco raro, muy decorado, muy atormentado, pero coqueto y misterioso, donde se lee a Poe, donde se recitan sonetos exquisitos, donde nos embriagamos con hach s para despu s reflexionar sobre ello, donde se toma opio y mil drogas abominables en tazas de porcelana muy fina Sainte Beuve dice adem s El autor est satisfecho de haber hecho algo imposible, all donde se cre a que nadie pod a ir pag 321 Incluso lo asemej al Kamchatka, la pen nsula volc nica rusa, ya que Baudelaire trat de ir m s all de los confines del romanticismo pag 322 Para Calasso Baudelaire sit a a Par s como su lugar de imaginaci n, de construcci n, y representaci n Entiendo a la Ciudad Luz como un marco, en donde el l mite cuestiona un exterior e interior La psicolog a se detiene antes de la literatura, y Baudelaire hab a ido m s all de la literatura , escribe Calasso pag 93 El boheme es o un artista sin talento, es decir, para usar la expresi n de Balzac, una superficie comercial, o bien un artista de talento que no ha sabido explotar su superficie comercial Todo esto parec a llenar el esp ritu baudelairiano de aburrimiento y tedio Conque Baudelaire toma un primer contacto para desembarazarse de dichas contingencias un sue o recurrente En l, explora por primera vez la posibilidad de realizar un prost bulo museo, el Burdel Museo Baudelaire pretend a converger aquellos frentes antag nicos, para muchos, menos para l, en un solo terreno con todo, pretend a converger lo cultural y el amor, el placer y la admiraci n era su imaginario Baudelaire dice Entonces pienso que la necedad y la tonter a modernas tienen una utilidad misteriosa, y con frecuencia, por obra de una mec nica espiritual, aquello que ha sido hecho por el mal se convierte en un bien Es el hecho de que el burdel se vuelva adem s, en cuanto museo, un elemento de la difusi n de las Luces pag 181 De ese modo Calasso nos introduce en un lenguaje conciso, prolijo, al mundo del arte de los principales pintores de siglo XIX, que sirve gran influencia en la po tica de Baudelaire En primer lugar, encontramos a Ingres, a quien Baudelaire admiraba sobremanera por su car cter rom ntico y realista en cuanto al erotismo y la mujer, de los que recuerda los retratos de Madame de Sanonnes, que es incalculablemente un bell sima pintura tambi n est el cuadro pr cticamente ignorado de J piter y Tetis En segundo lugar, est Delacroix, de quien del mismo modo alababa su representaci n de lo femenino Delacroix atormentado en sus pensamientos y trabajo escrib a La pintura me hostiga y me atormenta de mil maneras a decir verdad, como la amante m s exigente desde hace cuatro meses huyo desde el amanecer y corro hacia este trabajo seductor como a los pies de la amante m s adorada Baudelaire, quien era un atento observador del Arte, escribi al respecto Sin duda Delacroix hab a amado mucho a la mujer en sus horas agitadas de juventud Qui n no ha sacrificado mucho a ese dolo temible Y qui n no sabe que son precisamente aquellos que le han servido mejor quienes m s se lamentan Pero, largo tiempo antes de su fin, hab a excluido a la mujer de su vida Otro pintor muy poco considerado en vida pero apreciado por el poeta fue Constantin Guys, al que Baudelaire pon a a la misma altura que un Manet El tercero es Degas, que tambi n mostraba su incapacidad de amar a las mujeres, de tratarlas solo las pintaba, y como no conoc a su forma de actuar, prefer a evitarlas Dicha devoci n a la mujer, al cuerpo femenino, part a de un ideal desesperante, irrealizado, pero realizado a trav s de la pintura Frases que Degas gustaba repetir La pintura es vida privada , Vosotros necesit is una vida natural yo, una vida artificial tambi n gustaba teorizar sobre el arte dec a La forma no est en el trazo sino en el interior del trazo , la sombra no se pone junto al trazo, sino sobre el trazo Los cuadros que Calasso explora son de lo mejor Las desventuras de la ciudad de Orl ans, conocido tambi n como Escena de guerra, e Interior, que tambi n es llamado El estupro El cuarto hito es Manet quien quer a competir imitando o versionando las pinturas de Renoir, del mismo Degas, Monet, incluso Goya Las pinturas que Manet le dedica a Berthe Morisot son insufriblemente exquisitas.La Folie Baudelaire es un libro que no deber a pasar de la simple lectura Calasso nos habla de un Baudelaire en dos vertientes introspectivo y retrospectivo articula sabiamente las an cdotas, las vivencias, las historias, del poeta con la creaci n po tica podemos entender con claridad a quien se dirige Baudelaire cuando escribe tal o cual poema podemos apreciar c mo transforma su sensibilidad espiritual en herramientas de trabajo, de desarrollo po tico Finalmente alguien anunci la muerte de Baudelaire con 15 meses de anticipaci n, pero nadie anunci la grandiosa figura po tica en la que se convertir a, a lo mejor el nico que lo hizo en su tiempo fue Sainte Beuve.Ren Llatas Trejohttp dossier rllt.tumblr.com post 5


  12. says:

    I give up This is not about Baudelaire He is just an excuse to talk about 19th century artists I don t read much about visual art, but I don t think Calasso is very good The one long analysis of Baudelaire was his recording of a dream I say analysis but to write this drivel after Freud is hilarious, insulting to both the reader and Baudelaire , etc.


  13. says:

    One way I approached this unusual book was to discover by flipping pages and inspecting the artwork, which is beautifully reproduced, that a section on the artist Manet begins on page 211 and that it further discusses the artist Berthe Morisot I always enjoy Manet s paintings in museums, and have also seen Morisot s work and her house in Paris, so it is a passage that was especially meaningful to me I agree with other reviewers here that many names are obscure for me, and I m not expecting to read every word of the book But I do enjoy the sections I ve noted here.


  14. says:

    Roberto Calasso proves to be unparalleled when it comes to informative and engaging writing I have had Les Fleur de Mal on my to read shelf for a couple years now, and came across this one totally by accident, not even realizing, when I bought it, that it was about the auhor of the same poetry collection That proved to be a wonderful surprise, but most delightful was the writing found within this book s pages La Folie Baudelaire is a masterpiece that is well written and well researched It does not read like a heavy, overly biographical book, neither does it read as a historical fiction either It proves to be a perfect balance between the two, with its focus shifting to artists like Manet and Degas and giving a very sound overview of the French literature and art of the time period, always returning to the central figure of Baudelaire in the end and reminding the reader of how this connects to him.This isn t the kind of book that one should tackle quickly, as I learned soon after I began reading it But it provides the patient reader with a great reward, challenging the mind and giving memorable images and bits of information, all without sacrificing the occasional joke or clever line I wish authors wrote like this, that there were books similar in style and subject matter to this one Perhaps I haven t found them yet, although I do think likely that even if I do pick up anything similar, it won t compare to Calasso s masterpiece I look forward to delving further into his other books with high hopes after this one.


  15. says:

    Interesante Seg n Mercedes Monmany, ABC Un ensayo r o sobre el gran magma ca tico o arranque de la modernidad, encarnado como nadie en Baudelaire, sism grafo sin igual, sensible, escrupulosamente atento a cada menor confusi n y contraste de su tiempo Una frase Escribir es aquello que, como el eros, hace oscilar y vuelve porosos los l mites del yo.


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About the Author: Roberto Calasso

Roberto Calasso born 30 May 1941 in Florence is an Italian publisher and writer He was born into a family of the local upper class, well connected with some of the great Italian intellectuals of their time His maternal grandfather Giovanni Codignola was a professor of philosophy at Florence University Codignola created a new publishing house called La Nuova Italia, in Florence, just like his