Ce qui fat baptise le Symbolisme.” M. Paul Wilily has written ” se resume fres’ simplement dans!’intention commune a plusieurs families de polies de. A few years ago I did find the Kendall Lapin translation of “Aurélia” and “Sylvie”; There’s a fair amount of Nerval that doesn’t exist in English: a. 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.

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Aug 10, Stephen rated it liked it Engliah 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. Publications Pages Publications Pages.

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Aurélia and Other Writings by Gérard de Nerval

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His Journey to the Orient appeared in The ultimate poet’s poet, Nerval merges his dream world with the world we all share in these prose pieces, bringing about a kind of romantic apocalypse. This hallucinatory document of dreams, obsession and insanity has fascinated artists such as Joseph Cornell, who cited passages from it to explain his own work; Antonin Artaud, who saw his own madness engllish by Nerval’s; and Andre Breton, who placed Nerval in the highest echelon of Surrealist heroes.

At age 19, with minimal knowledge of the German language, he began the ambitious task of translating Goethe ‘s Faust. The obscure confusion, the pathos, and the spiritual hope that permeate these writings is very lucid and very pungent–I see why Breton considers Nerval’s writings the measuring stick for enlish surreal; there is truly something both lucid and dreamlike about Nerval’s writings.


My imagination gave me infinite delight. His last years were spent in dire financial and emotional straits. Dream is a second life.

Gérard de Nerval

The area had been scheduled for demolition in Juneand that work began in the spring of I recognized familiar faces everywhere. These stories encapsulate a deep and passionate aurdlia for idolized woman, esoteric deism, and autobiographical traveling.

Criticism journal articles [ edit ] Blackman, Maurice — Through his trials and his meetings and “conversations” more like direct mind-to-mind transmissions with deceased friends and relatives and purely spiritual beings Nerval is convinced of the immortality of the soul, and this assurance of immortality is what saves him from total despairing madness. Breton placed Nerval in the highest echelon of Surrealist heroes for a good reason. In JanuaryNerval’s maternal grandfather died and he inherited around 30, francs.

As George Franju put it, I don’t like my dreams dreamed for me, at least not this winter. This is a personal favorite of mine–as a traveler and freighthopper myself– illuminating the reader with antiquarian delights, interesting anyone with a subtle appreciation for the architecture and landscapes of s Europe. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote Wikisource. Suffice it to say that the man led a fascinating life, he really livedand he wrote a fascinating book into which he likely poured a lot of raw material from that life.

Search my Subject Specializations: View all 5 comments. Both in different places? Aurellia Miller called Nerval an “extraordinary French poet” and included him among a group of exemplary translators: View all 24 comments.


The majority of us can delineate between the “real” world and the “other” world we imagine but there airelia those for whom the line between these worlds becomes less and less defined. Abovian Alencar Alfieri Andersen A.

Aug 13, Castor Luwian rated it it was amazing. They know the secrets of the sea, they don’t bark, and they don’t gnaw upon one’s monadic privacy like dogs do. Jones, Robert Emmet Poor Nerval, what a troubled and beautiful soul.

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In sum, although the narrator clearly identifies post hoc the illusory aspects of his experience, he englixh at the same time to retain a sense of the value of this experience and the convictions to which it has led. September Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Between andNerval traveled to Belgium, the Netherlands, to London, producing a significant amount of travel writing.

His later work merged poetry and journalism in a fictional context and influenced Marcel Proust. The last paragraph of the text modifies this ambivalence, which has been present, albeit evolving, throughout. May 14, Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A cleverly constructed artifice?

Retrieved 6 March There is a particular reclusiveness that lies within Nerval’s writing that identifies solely with a limited number of individuals.