|Publisher||:||Editorial Anagrama S.A 1 November 1969|
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Baudelaire (Desconocido) Reviews
Rather than a biography of Baudelaire or a critical examination of his works, this book (actually more like a lengthy essay) is an exhaustive existential psychoanalysis of the poet by Mr. Sarte, based on images from his poems, correspondence with friends and family, his essays on poetry and art... it's kind of a harsh judgement on the guy, actually, stating in no uncertain terms that Baudelaire was an extremely repressed and control-obsessed individual whose greatest creation and greatest failure was his public persona. While reading this, I couldn't help but wonder what the motivation for behind it all was... I can't say I agree with all of his conclusions (even if I did, should it make me enjoy his poetry any more or less?), but it's thought-provoking in the very least.
I thought this book was difficult to get into to but there are sharp questions to hit on throughtout it.
Sartre began this thought-provoking book by asking if Baudelaire had the life that he deserved. Baudelaire's life as a child was happy but his adult life was characterized by solitude, debt, dissatisfaction, self-torment, and deadly venereal disease. Sartre ended by writing, "...this wretched life, which seemed to be going to rack and ruin, was carefully planned by him...we should look in vain for a single circumstance for which he was not fully and consciously responsible." Unlike determinist thinkers such as Spinoza and Schopenhauer, Sartre claimed that humans have a free will. (At first, you have your bare existence. Then, you freely pick and choose your own essential characteristics. Existence precedes essence.) He tried to demonstrate that Baudelaire spontaneously, freely, and arbitrarily chose his own lot, his own essence, his own fate. Sartre stated, "...the free choice which a man makes of himself is completely identified with what is called his destiny." Sartre claimed that humans make free existential choices. Their behavior is not merely determined, like other animals, by their character and by preceding changes in their environment. As a result of his choices, Baudelaire can be considered, according to Sartre, to have lived the squalid, syphilitic, painful, solitary life that he deserved.In this book, Sartre examined Baudelaire's writings in order to speculate on the inner operation of Baudelaire's brain. Intimate prose works such as Baudelaire's "Rockets" and "My Heart Laid Bare," as well as Baudelaire's personal correspondence, provided the data for Sartre's existential analysis. Sartre did not cite much of Baudelaire's morbid, sick, and decadent poetry. In order to live with knowledge of the fact of death, Baudelaire consciously chose to be cold, perverse, and self-destructive. His morbidity led to an aversion to life and the natural world, which he considered to be hideous, evil, disgusting, vile, painful, and horrible. He was, by choice, a passionless, dandified poet who extolled every kind of artifice and vilified all of nature. Baudelaire's poems were an attempt to fashion some kind of strange beauty out of his experience of the world. His decadence had a strong influence on French Symbolist poets. Understandably, he was enthusiastic about the weird, bizarre, macabre creations of Poe.Sartre wrote this book at the end of World War II when he was becoming a supporter of Marx's socialism. As a result, he emphasized and focused on Baudelaire's lack of social class relationships. Part of Baudelaire's isolation was his sterile disconnection from the upper, middle, and lower classes of society. Baudelaire had little interest in the revolutionary events of 1848. Sartre's experiences, though, during the economic depression and the war of 1939-1945 caused him to change from a detached, isolated, self-indulgent individual, like Baudelaire, into a writer who was very actively engaged in the political and social events of his time. Sartre seemed to say, "I have chosen to write about Baudelaire because I want to show the ideal example of the kind of man that I once was in the past. I now make the existential choice to no longer be an apolitical, self-absorbed, solitary, dapper fop, dandy, macaroni, coxcomb like Baudelaire. Instead, I will now be an unselfish activist, socialist, literate Marxist of the higher Intellectual Class who politically advocates for and guides the inarticulate, unintelligent class of proletariat workers and laborers." Sartre's choice to be the opposite of Baudelaire may also have been the reason that he grossly neglected his personal hygiene. In this way, he went to the opposite extreme and totally rejected the appearance of being a Baudelairean foppish dandy. Sartre wanted to make himself into the Anti-Baudelaire.
Sartre's philosophy ruined his book on Genet and it doesn't help to make Baudelaire come alive for the intelligent reader.Amazing that Sartre's first novel, NAUSEA, is probably the best book he ever wrote. The first two volumes of the CHEMINS are also good, if not equal to NAUSEA, but everything else he wrote is disquieting, if not nauseating.
Over the years I've done a decent amount of reading of Sartre's works. That he's brilliant is an understatement, but I've found him flawed at times. Let me also say that I lived in Paris for a short while and ever since I saw Sartre in a cafe - beret, Le Monde, Gauloises, coffee - I've had an inordinate curiosity about him. I think that in this book he clicks beyond belief. He hits the nail on the head, as far as I'm concerned, in his analysis of Baudelaire. Baudelaire to me is a giant - his humility in the face of his demons could launch many a study. In a world and at a time where Baudelaire was a freak, nothing less than a Sartre could try to do him justice.
this book would have been much better if someone else wrote it. It's a total mass of sartre's thoughts and philosphy and very little of genet. I would not recomend this boo. It's too long and hard to understandgenet..
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