Rimbaud has ratings and 45 reviews. Eddie said: There will never be a single biography that does Rimbaud total justice, and that’s as it should be be. ‘Robb has written a great biography – scholarly, humane and above all marvelously Graham Robb’s brilliant biography moves Rimbaud on from his perpetual. In this robust biography, Robb (Balzac; Victor Hugo) contemplates the life of Arthur Rimbaud () as if the French poet/ vagabond’s deeds were those of.
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I have read and enjoyed several books by Graham Robb, but this is still my favorite.
Of course, much of the supposition of that individual’s personality has to be drawn from acquaintances, correspondence, and choices. But this loss is also multiform. Poor Verlaine, the “foolish virgin” to Rimbaud’s “infernal bridegroom”, was the sacrificial lamb or “little boy” or “martyr” or, practising his English, “old cunt always open or opened” to Rimbaud’s “programme”.
Plenty of people can do exhaustive research, but few who have the persistence and patience for that work also have the talent, the flair, for turning the facts unearthed into an endlessly fascinating story such as this. He can be drily amusing at the expense of Rimbaud and his often embarrassing biographers, while never entertaining doubts about the value of the poetry.
As Graham Robb writes: A Biography by Graham Robb. Perhaps the greatest deterrent to writing the life of Rimbaud is what the subject himself would have made of the whole enterprise.
Perhaps it didn’t occur to him that life could be lived in any other way. Then he died from bone cancer. Some readers may feel this makes the book an exercise in psycho-biography, yet Robb cites contemporaries who observed that, if one knew the mother, it was understandable that Arthur took to the road.
Every form of extreme behavior he ever enacted is also a precise reflection and measure of the abuse he endured. But his Rimbaud is also a much better businessman with an iron core of practicality and shrewdness. Well worth the read even if you don’t give a shit about Rimbaud or French poetry. Aug 05, Richard Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: Rimbaud is a terrible subject. It was precisely because of this that he always seemed a step ahead of his peers and colleagues and was misunderstood, misrepresented, and unable to be fully appreciated for his contributions – both to literature and to exploration.
You may just find it illuminating. By the age of sixteen the little prodigy, l’enfant terrible of French literary Avant-garde, had taken Paris by storm with his unpredictable, despicable behavior and his unparalleled genius. This is a frustration when Robb talks about them in the text.
Lists with This Book. This view of Rimbaud as a satanic angel has perpetuated his legend. View all 7 comments. I would say that he began to think that all this smashing was really rather easy for him, didn’t present much of a challenge, actually. grraham
Understanding, not hagiography; insight, not historical regurgitation; and a kind of admiring humor for the lonely, ferocious, precocious poet and hardass businessman that Rimbaud was and became – this is rue literary biography, its writer a match and complement to rimvaud subject. He has published widely in nineteenth-century French literature and his highly acclaimed adaptation of Claude Pichois and Jean Ziegler’s biography of “Baudelaire” appeared in Robb reignites the debate about his complicity in slavery seeing his job as being impossible with out it- nothing could be done in the region he was in without using slave labour of some sort.
Then he rimbwud fr 3star more for the subject matter than the writing. Return to Book Page. The poetry is hard to describe and exhilarating, mad, exhausting in effect. Published December 17th by W. The Rimbaud of this book is a smart, energetic genius and a rimbaid, if not always appealing, character. A lengthy in depth biography of the poet Arthur Rimbaud.
He certainly knew about it, from letters and requests for poems, which he filed away, but never answered. I’ll return with iron limbs; dark skin, a furious orbb As for “memoirs” of any kind, the later Rimbaud held them in contempt. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
Robb has written a marvellous biography, which pieces all this together from scraps of evidence. Apr 14, J.