Artificial Paradises

by Charles Baudelaire | Health, Mind & Body | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9780806514833 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbuttonbrightwing of Raleigh, North Carolina USA on 2/10/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbuttonbrightwing from Raleigh, North Carolina USA on Sunday, February 10, 2019
At the time of its release in 1860, Charles Baudelaire's "Artificial Paradises (Les Paradis Artificiels)" met with immediate praise. One of the most important French symbolists, Baudelaire led a debauched, violent, and ultimately tragic life, dying an opium addict in 1867. This book, a response to Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an Opium Eater, serves as a memoir of Baudelaire's last years.
In this beautifully wrought portrait of the effects of wine, opium, and hashish on the mind, Baudelaire captures the dreamlike visions he experienced during his narcotic trances. These hallucinations, sometimes exquisite, sometimes disturbing, and the delusions of grandeur that often accompanied them, constitute the Paradis Artificiels, the gorgeous yet false worlds of ecstasy that eventually led to his ruin. Contrasting the effects of hashish and opium with those of wine, Baudelaire concludes that "wine exalts the will, hashish destroys it" and makes idlers of all those who use it. In contrast to his contemporary Gustave Flaubert (who purchased hashish but did not partake), Baudelaire experimented with the drug and eventually condemned its use because of its harmful effects. Though Du vin is Baudelaire's own contribution on the subject, Les Paradis artificiels is his translation of Thomas De Quincey's Confession of an English Opium Eater (1821). Alcoholism and drug abuse are only part of Baudelaire's broader view of the world of artificial paradises, which, in his poetic framework (his Fleurs du mal particularly), include any form of artifice used by humans to escape from their miserable condition.

I found this book on the discount shelves of a local used book store.

Journal Entry 2 by wingbuttonbrightwing at Deco Free Book Drop in Raleigh, North Carolina USA on Friday, February 15, 2019

Released 1 mo ago (2/15/2019 UTC) at Deco Free Book Drop in Raleigh, North Carolina USA

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Journal Entry 3 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Raleigh, North Carolina USA on Sunday, February 17, 2019
Nice book. Should keep me warm for a few days. THANK YOU WHITE PEOPLE.

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