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Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Register a free business account. Review La Fanfarlo Baudelaire has, in it, analyzed with rare insight his own personality at the time of his extravagant life at the Hotel Lauzun. In terms only of plot, the story is slender enough: trying to help in acquaintance reclaim her husband from an infatuation with La Fanfarlo, the young poet Samuel Cramer himself falls in love with the exotic dancer and slides from the pursuit of his poetry into the commercialized world of advertising and politics.
But this story of a poet "fallen very low" also develops hints of an early notion of the "correspondences" which inform Baudelaire's later work and make him so important to Rimbaud and Mallarm6. An eaten truffle intimates the eternal, having "the effect of many zeros after a number"; the smallness of a bedroom marks the vastness of the experience of love it contains; most importantly, the rouge and "cheap finery" the poet insists La Fanfirlo wear during lovernaking is a parodistic counterpart to something greater -a love which is "less a matter of the senses than of the intellect.
This apprentice piece is thus a pivotal work. Besides his Introduction and Notes, the volume also contains the French text. Tell the Publisher! I'd like to read this book on Kindle Don't have a Kindle? Customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The model takes into account factors including the age of a rating, whether the ratings are from verified purchasers, and factors that establish reviewer trustworthiness.
Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This novella follows themes of curiosity, love beauty and cynicism. It is well-known and quite obvious that the poetic dandy of a protagonist, Samuel Cramer, is, at the very least, modeled after Baudelaire and possibly an autobiographical roman-a-clef character.
The novella begins by describing the young, complex and compelling Samuel Cramer. Monsuier Cramer was both lazy and enterprising with the moxie of fine geniuses with naive effrontery. Yet, he had the arrogance to identify with or claim the works of good writers he admired! Still, he was good-hearted, gentle, dapper, romantic, faithful turned atheist, learned, curious and, perhaps, bi-curious.
Near Lyon, Cramer meets and befriends a distraught reader and wife named Mme. Cramer vows to act as a sort of beard and romantic usurper by luring away La Fanfarlo from de Cosmelly's husband despite his lack of authentic feelings for the mistress. Not surprisingly, the romantic and sensitive poet falls for the beautiful dancer who performed as columbine in a vast pantomime and bonded with Samuel Cramer through truffles, conversing and making love.
But for how long can Cramer feed his appetite for beauty by seeing La Fanfarlo? Will the ploy behind this concubinage work and rekindle de Cosmelly's relationship? How will the spirited La Fanfarlo react to this union's basis on a scandalous scheme? This is a riveting, extravagant and energetic tale of a poetic man with noble genius, idleness, meretriciousness and a quixotic reality as he faces a near-tragic end.
Cramer is met with bitter poetic justice; his status becomes a mirror to his sins. It is Samuel Cramer as a sosie of Baudelaire himself, however, that provides the most intrigue for readers.
Using a good dose of gentle self-parody throughout the novella, Samuel Cramer not only holds Baudelaire's flaws and vices but also demonstrates the near cursed ill-fate for the paradoxical man. The translation and introduction by Greg Boyd are excellent and accessible for reader. Occasional footnotes define terms that may be obscure or out-of-reach for English language readers.
While this is not Baudelaire's finest work nor a milestone in the Romantic tradition, this novella is a gem for readers. One person found this helpful. See all reviews from the United States. Pages with related products. See and discover other items: charles baudelaire. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get free delivery with Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Amazon Payment Products. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.
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Fanfarlo by Charles Baudelaire – review
Irish literary critic Enid Starkie , known for her biographical works on French poets, said about La Fanfarlo :. This work marked the last burst of energy in Baudelaire for a long time, and his zest for work faded as suddenly as it had begun. After its publication in January , his output slowed down and he fell into one of these moods of lethargy, idleness, and incapacity for work which were to occur frequently throughout his life, especially after a bout of creative activity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Baudelaire in Chains.
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