Una temporada en el infierno: Iluminaciones

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Alianza Editorial, 2001 - Fiction - 216 pages
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Figura fascinante tanto por la singularidad de su vida y su personalidad como por la magia de su lenguaje y sus imágenes, ARTHUR RIMBAUD (1854-1891) es uno de los fundadores indiscutibles de la literatura moderna. La presente versión, a cargo de Julia Escobar, reúne, en edición bilingüe, sus obras en prosa más significativas. UNA TEMPORADA EN EL INFIERNO (1873) es la única obra que Rimbaud preparó para su publicación, pero, aun impresa, apenas tuvo difusión -retenida por falta de pago en un almacén- hasta 1901. Sujeta a todo tipo de controversias críticas, ILUMINACIONES, sin embargo, reúne una serie de textos de disputada datación que constituyen, no obstante, una de las mayores cimas del poema en prosa.

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Arthur Rimbaud, 1854-1891 Arthur Rimbaud was born October 20, 1854. He was the son of an army captain who deserted his family when Arthur was six years old. He attended a provincial school in Charleville, a town in northeastern France, and was a brilliant student until the Franco-Prussian war. It was then Rimbaud turned rebel and fled his home. As a boy, Rimbaud wrote some of the most remarkable poetry of the 19th century. His rhythmic experiments in his prose poems "Illuminations" (1886; eng.trans.,1932) identified him as one of the creators of free verse. Synesthesia, (the description of one sense experience in terms of another), was popularized by his "Sonnet of the Vowels" (1871;Eng. Trans., 1966) where each vowel is assigned a color. After Rimbaud fled his home in July 1870, a year of drifting followed. During this time, he had sent some poems to Paul Verlaine. In 1871, he was invited to Paris where Verlaine rejected him as a drunk. In spite of that, he and Verlaine became lovers and the relationship continued sporadically over two years and formed the core of disillusionment in "A Season in Hell." After the affair ended, Rimbaud abandoned his writing. At the time he was not yet 20 years old. Rimbaud transformed himself becoming a trader and gunrunner in Africa. On November 10, 1891, he died in Marseille following the amputation of his cancerous right leg.

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