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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In hindsigth, it also gives more to enjoy from the material in Le Spleen de Paris. Archived from the original on 20 January Hashish often brings about a voracious hunger, nearly always an excessive thirst … Such a state would not be supportable if it artificiwl too long, and if it did not soon give baudelairs to another phase of intoxication, which in the case above cited interprets itself by splendid visions, tenderly terrifying, and at the same time full of consolations.

Les grands poetes, les philosophes, les baudelzire sont des etres qui par le pur et libre exercice de la volonte, parviennent a un etat ou ils sont a la fois cause et effet, sujet et objet, magnetiseur et somnambule.

The baydelaire 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.

I was going to say “scientist”, but realistically here, “drug devotee” is perhaps more appropriate. It was his originality that set him apart and ultimately proved to be his end.

Drug-Lit Classics: Artificial Paradises by Charles Baudelaire | Musings of the Mad Artist

From time to time you laugh to yourself at your stupidity and your madness, and your comrades, if you are with others, laugh also, both at your state and their own; but as they laugh without malice, so you are without resentment. Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a 19th century French poet, translator, and literary and art critic whose reputation rests primarily on Les Fleurs du Mal ; ; The Flowers of Evil which was perhaps the most important and influential poetry collection published in Europe in the 19th century.

Your eyes start from your head; it is as if they were drawn in every direction by implacable ecstasy. Jan 20, S. Not my style of book. Sounds cloak themselves with colour; colours blossom into music.


Baudelaire describes the effects of the drugs and discusses the way in which they could theoretically aid mankind in reaching an “ideal” world. Your enfeebled legs only conduct you with caution, and you fear at every moment to break yourself, as if you were made of porcelain. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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Though these sentiments jar with current cannabis enthusiasm, the writing is always lucid and perceptive, and indeed marvellous to read. Unknown Bindingpages.

Mar 05, P. His descriptions have foreshadowed other such work that emerged later in the s regarding LSD.

Artificial Paradises : Baudelaire’s Masterpiece on Hashish

If 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. Translated from French by Aleister Crowley, 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.

When Baudelaire gets on to the drug effects, whole sections of the earlier work, which could hardly be improved upon, are reproduced virtually verbatim, though perhaps they lack somewhat in their earlier immediacy. La Fanfarlo Les Paradis artificiels Charles Baudelaire, – Charles Baudelaire had perhaps had an immeasurable impact on modern poetry.

Trivia About Les Paradis artif There, then, you are, for some hours yet, incapable of work, of action, and of energy. This book was big in the s and s when haschish smoking first became a widespread practice in North America. One of the most important French symbolists, Baudelaire led a debauched, violent, and ultimately tragic life, dying an opium addict in This epic work can be read on many different levels.

Written with all the lyricism you’d expect of such a poet, and all the due diligence and many hours of personal “research” you’d expect of a Book ratings by Goodreads. That, you will say, is nothing but natural. Baudelaire, with his romantic image of wine, clings to the last vestiges of drink as a means to creating social bonds. Though he continued to write journalism with some success, he became increasingly depressed and pessimistic.

The demon has invaded you, and any struggle you mount will only serve to accelerate the progress of the affliction. Account Options Sign in.


Baudelaire’s Masterpiece on Hashish. I picked it thinking it was a poems collection aha. Baudelaire concludes reasonably enough that de Quincey overdid it. Interesting to see how close the affinity between Baudelaire and De Quincey actually was. Baudelaire attempted suicide inan attempt to get attention, and became minorly involved in the French Revolution.

This review is based on the Citadel Press Edition, translation and introduction by Stacy Diamond. 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.

This article about a non-fiction book is a stub. In this beautifully wrought portrait of the effects of wine, opium, and hashish on the mind, Baudelaire captures the dreamlike visions he experienced during his narcotic trances. Musical notes become numbers; and if your mind is gifted with some mathematical aptitude, the harmony to which you listen, while keeping its voluptuous and sensual character, transforms itself into a vast rhythmical operation, where numbers beget numbers, and whose phases and generation follow with an inexplicable ease and an agility which equals that of the person playing … Suppose, again, you are seated smoking; your attention will rest a little too long upon the bluish clouds which breathe forth from your pipe; the idea of a slow, continuous, eternal evaporation will possess itself of your spirit, and you will soon apply this idea to your own thoughts, to your own apparatus of thought.

Clearly, opium is not a means to intelligence, however it permits one to use their intellect differently, specifically to provoke fabulous dreams that transcend the banality of everyday life and which further enlighten the user.

But another current of ideas bears you away; it will roll you away for yet another minute in its living whirlwind, and this other minute will be an eternity. You have dispersed your personality to the four winds of heaven—and now, what trouble to gather it up again and concentrate it! Een bundel met Baudelaire’s 50 prozagedichten. In this work, Baudelaire becomes a philosopher, a lover of wisdom; his experiences with opium and hashish as part of a triumvirate which included wine have given him an unyielding insight.