Note: This review is based on the Citadel Press Edition, translation and introduction by Stacy Diamond. All photographs are in the public. From Les Paradis Artificiels (Artificial Paradises), Baudelaire’s book on hashish, a drug he referred to as “the playground of the seraphim”. At the time of its release in , Charles Baudelaire’s Artificial Paradises (Les Paradis Artificiels) met with immediate praise. One of the most important French.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. Mar 05, P. Clearly, opium is not a means to intelligence, however it permits one to use their intellect differently, specifically to provoke fabulous dreams that transcend the banality of everyday life and which further enlighten the user. This is the sort of book you pick up and put down and come back to. What is particularly moving about this read, is that the central focus of his resplendent nay jovial writing was what brought him to his premature death inparalysed by opium-induced aphasia, and dying in a Paris nursing home.

After an abortive trip to the East, he settled in Paris and lived on an inheritance from his much despised step father, while he wrote poetry. Very comprehensive on the subject, too, as ‘drug’ encompasses haschish, opium, but also coffee, tea I would skip the remaining two thirds.

De Quincey’s life is fascinating, not only as an opium-eater, and so are Baudelaire’s analyses, which are always relevant and beautifully said. Les Paradis artificiels by Charles Baudelaire. To ask other readers questions about Les Paradis artificielsplease sign up. Eigentlich kennt man ihn vor allem wegen seiner Gedichte. Baudelaire analyzes the motivation of the addict, and the individual psychedelic experience of the user. The demon has invaded you, and any struggle you mount will only serve to accelerate the progress of the affliction.


After this first phase of childish gaiety there is, as it were, a momentary relaxation; but new events soon announce themselves by a sensation of cool at the extremities—which may even become, in the case of certain persons, a bitter cold—and a great weakness in all the limbs.

Interesting to see how close the affinity between Baudelaire and De Quincey actually was. Baudelaire concludes reasonably enough that de Quincey overdid it. Instantly passing through a variety of transformations, they enter your being, or rather you enter theirs. He lived forty-six self-critical years, with a vulnerability that grew more puissant as his addiction progressively ensnared him.

Les Paradis artificiels by Charles Baudelaire

No trivia or quizzes yet. By a singular ambiguity, by a species of transposition or intellectual barter, you feel yourself evaporating, and you will attribute to your pipe, in which you feel yourself crouched and pressed down like the tobacco, the strange faculty of smoking you!

It was his originality that set him apart and ultimately proved to be his end.

Charles Baudelaire, – Charles Baudelaire had perhaps had an immeasurable impact on modern poetry. And, again, on this subject and from this point of view, no means of verifying it!

Notify me of new posts via email. But I have already warned the reader that there is nothing of the positively supernatural in hashish intoxication; only those analogies possess an unaccustomed liveliness; they penetrate and they envelop; they overwhelm the paradisses with their masterfulness. Perhaps they only think that they understand you, and the illusion is reciprocal […]. Cela vaut-il la peine d’y consacrer un livre?

Artificial Paradises : Baudelaire’s Masterpiece on Hashish

So only natural paradises can reveal more beauty beyond the known beauty, and become an experience of growth and real Interesting and captivating in style, but not so exciting and intense as the experiences of the opium eater, the book’s hero. At first it is a certain hilarity, absurdly irresistible, which possesses you. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


If you love his poems, there’s a good chance you’ll be as absorbed as I was by psradises book! Parwdises and captivating in style, but not so exciting and intense as the experiences of the opium eater, the book’s hero.

But another current of ideas bears you away; it will roll you away for yet another minute in its living whirlwind, and this other minute will be an eternity. If The beginning of this book might be a little discouraging since it describes and lists the aspects and effects of haschish and opium, but then, Baudelaire focuses solely on opium and uses De Quincey’s autobiography as an exemple.

So only natural paradises can reveal more beauty beyond the known beauty, and become an experience of growth and real transformation. Unknown Bindingpages. artificlal

His descriptions have foreshadowed other such work that emerged later in the s regarding LSD. These hallucinations, sometimes exquisite, sometimes disturbing, and the delusions of grandeur that often accompanied them, constitute the Apradises Artificiels, the gorgeous yet false worlds of ecstasy that eventually led to his ruin.

Preview — Les Paradis artificiels by Charles Baudelaire. It is, in fact, at this period of the intoxication that is manifested a new delicacy, a superior sharpness in each of the senses: Een bundel met Baudelaire’s 50 prozagedichten.