Disaster Was My God: A Novel of the Outlaw Life of Arthur Rimbaud

Disaster Was My God: A Novel of the Outlaw Life of Arthur Rimbaud

Bruce Duffy


The writer of the significantly acclaimed novel The global as i discovered It brilliantly reimagines the scandalous lifetime of the pioneering, proto-punk poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Arthur Rimbaud, the enfant terrible of French letters, greater than holds his personal with Lord Byron and Oscar Wilde when it comes to daring writing and salacious curiosity. within the area of 1 year—1871—with a handful of startling poems he reworked himself from a teenaged bumpkin into the literary sensation of Paris. He used to be taken up, then taken in, via the older and married poet Paul Verlaine in a passionate affair. whilst Rimbaud sought to finish it, Verlaine, in a jeal­ous rage, shot him. presently thereafter, Rimbaud—just shy of his 20th birthday—declared himself entire with literature. His resignation detect was once his immortal prose poem A Season in Hell. In time, Rimbaud wound up a pros­perous dealer and fingers broker in Ethiopia. yet a cancerous leg pressured him to come to France, to the kinfolk farm, along with his sister and loving yet overbearing mom. He died at thirty-seven.

Bruce Duffy takes the naked evidence of Rimbaud’s attention-grabbing lifestyles and brings them vividly to lifestyles in a narrative wealthy with humans, areas, and paradox. during this exceptional paintings of fictional biography, Duffy conveys, as few ever have, the interior turmoil of this calculating genius of concern, whose paintings and untidy existence basically expected and created the 20th century’s tradition of uprising. It is helping us see why such protean rock figures as Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, and Patti Smith followed Rimbaud as their idol.

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