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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Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. The first third of this book about hashish is the real meat of the book, with funny, accurate, and occasionally cutting descriptions of marijuana intoxication and the resulting laziness that can come from using it too often. You are commenting using your WordPress. People like to feel that their vices are legitimized when practiced by important literary figures.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Archived from the original on 20 January This merriment is more than you can bear, but all efforts to resist it will prove to be futile.

So only natural paradises can reveal more beauty beyond the known beauty, and become an experience of growth and real Interesting and captivating in style, but not so exciting and intense as the experiences of the opium eater, the book’s hero.

Refresh and try again. You are surprised at yourself for having up to now found them so simple. Interesting to see how close the affinity between Baudelaire and De Quincey actually was. 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.


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This book, a response to Thomas Incongruous likenesses and correspondences, impossible to foresee, interminable puns, comic sketches, spout eternally from your brain. Though these sentiments jar with current cannabis enthusiasm, the writing is always lucid and perceptive, and indeed marvellous to read. 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.

These poets would now put cannabis on the drug-lit map, alongside opium and its derivative laudanum. Jacques-Joseph Moreau Gabriel G.

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That, you will say, is nothing but natural. On a drug trip with Charles Baudelaire. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

This epic work can be read on many different levels. These accesses of gaiety, without due cause, of which you are almost ashamed, frequently occur and divide the intervals of stupor, during which you seek in vain to pull yourself together. In this beautifully wrought portrait of the effects of wine, baudepaire, and padadises on the mind, Baudelaire captures the dreamlike visions he experienced during his narcotic trances.

With much of his inheritance squandered, Baudelaire turned to journalism, especially art and literary criticism, the first of which were “Les Salons”.

Artificial Paradises : Baudelaire’s Masterpiece on Hashish

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It is then that the hallucinations begin; external objects take on wholly and successively most strange appearances; they are deformed and transformed. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. For a lucid interval, seized with a great effort, has allowed you to look at the clock. Retrieved 20 April Your eyes start from your head; it is as if they were drawn in every direction by implacable ecstasy.

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