Gérard de Nerval was the nom-de-plume of the French writer, poet, and translator Gérard .. Ahearn, Edward J. “Visionary Insanity: Nerval’s Aurélia.” Visionary. Product Description. Aurelia & other writings by Gerard de Nerval Translated by Geoffrey Wagner, Robert Duncan and Marc Lowenthal ISBN X. Aurelia Nerval is on Facebook. Join Facebook to connect with Aurelia Nerval and others you may know. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes.

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This is a personal favorite of mine–as a traveler and freighthopper myself– illuminating the reader with antiquarian delights, interesting anyone with aurelja subtle appreciation for the architecture and landscapes of s Europe.

In recovering what men call reason, do I have to regret the loss of these joys? Aug 13, Castor Luwian rated it it was amazing.

This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat And while it’s clear it ultimately gave him much pain he ended up taking his own lifeit leaves us with this beautifully ethereal book that takes us into his self-created alternate universe. A cleverly constructed artifice? During this descent he is beseiged with merval, both waking and sleeping, of universal love and unity and universal desolation.

Some amazing prose, like for instance the first paragraph. Written while institutionalized or shortly thereafter I’m not clear on thiswe get a look into a strange amalgam of other worlds that his mind takes him to.

In May of that year, he created Le Monde Dramatique, a luxurious literary journal that made him squander his inheritance. The second half of the book manages to decrease in quality. Such appear to be demanding criteria which Exact Change sets for the scribes of truly inspiring and timeless literature. View all 5 comments. Dream is a second life.

Increasingly poverty-stricken and disoriented, he committed suicide during the night of 26 Januaryby hanging himself from the bar of a surelia window in the rue de la Vieille-Lanterne, a narrow lane in a squalid aureliz of Paris.


The area had been scheduled for demolition in Juneand that work began in the spring of Nerval really did spend his adult life in and out of aaurelia, but he was also friends with lots of the biggest and best artists, writers, etc. His Journey to the Aureliia appeared in Also included in this volume are previously untranslated stories by Marc Lowenthal, and poet Robert Duncan’s version of the sonnet cycle Chimerasmaking this the most complete collection of Nerval’s influential oeuvre ever published in English.

He was especially drawn to epic poetry.

Penguin,Apple Books edition. The language of my companions had mysterious turns whose sense I understood, objects without form and without life lent themselves to the calculations of my spirit;–from combinations of pebbles, from figures of angles, from crevices and breaches, from the edges of leaves, from colors, aurepia odors and sounds I saw emerge harmonies unknown until then. I have a liking for lobsters. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

So while Nerval may in some way illustrate the type of literary representation as de Beauvoir suggest, I was pleasantly surprised by the self-awareness by which he makes it rather more useful and interesting. In consideration for the other aurepia freaks at the clothing-optional beach where we decided to catch a few rays, I realized it would be a travesty to befoul the lake in this manner.

After a second nervous breakdown, Nerval was housed in Docteur Esprit Blanche’s clinic in Montmartre, where he remained from March to November.

Aurélia and Other Writings

But there remains a discordance between dreams resulting in illness on the one hand, and dreams as a source of knowledge and insight on the other. This sounds like a drastic measure, but maybe one of these two scenarios will help you summon your inner strength: I propose this genealogy: Aug 10, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: Even Nerval’s interests tend to endear me to him, as he seems to wander about Paris and its environs in a proto-derive or flaneur fashion, dwells upon the losses of urban development, and obsesses about Isis and the customs surrounding her in antiquity.


Aurelia is about the “outpouring of the dream world into real life. Aurelia is French poet and novelist Gerard de Nerval’s account of his descent into madness–a condition provoked in part by his unrequited passion for an actress named Jenny Colon. I wish everyone would read this book. View all 24 comments.

Return to Book Page. Sometimes he calls himself ill, sometimes he rejects that diagnosis in favor of a mystical discovery nervla the universe. Back in Paris inhe began to publish articles about his trip in Geoffrey Atheling Wagner Translator.

The author seems surprisingly modern. View all 17 comments. It begins with an assertion about dreaming, and continues with a paragraph which questions its status by bringing in, and simultaneously questioning, the notion of illness.

For Marcel ProustNerval was one of the greatest writers of the nineteenth century. Geoffrey Wagner’s translation of Aurelia was first published by Grove Press inbut has remained out of print for nearly 20 years. After publishing a third edition of Faust in July, including a preface nreval fragments of Akrelia Faust, he traveled to Belgium in October.

Gérard de Nerval – Wikipedia

Gordon, Rae Beth I considered myself a living hero in the eyes of gods. The degree of autobiography contained within the text is irrelevant.

Quand la folie parle: Inat the end of the Second World War and after a long illness, the Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst C. Nov 16, Darin rated it it was amazing. This was nervwl where he began to take poetry more seriously.

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