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Le Contre-Ciel

Le Contre Ciel For this early th century French poet philosopher life in its most dynamic sense can only be experienced after the facade of self identity has been systematically negated through a kind of metaph

  • Title: Le Contre-Ciel
  • Author: René Daumal Kelton W. Knight
  • ISBN: 9781585674015
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Paperback
  • For this early 20th century French poet philosopher, life, in its most dynamic sense, can only be experienced after the facade of self identity has been systematically negated through a kind of metaphysical suicide In Le Contre Ciel, Daumal invites us, his readers, to go through this process of regeneration through negation with him in order to revive in ourselves a knowlFor this early 20th century French poet philosopher, life, in its most dynamic sense, can only be experienced after the facade of self identity has been systematically negated through a kind of metaphysical suicide In Le Contre Ciel, Daumal invites us, his readers, to go through this process of regeneration through negation with him in order to revive in ourselves a knowledge and understanding of our primordial sources.

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    1. René Daumal Kelton W. Knight

      Ren Daumal was a French spiritual surrealist writer and poet He was born in Boulzicourt, Ardennes, France.In his late teens his avant garde poetry was published in France s leading journals, and in his early twenties, although courted by Andr Breton co founded, as a counter to Surrealism and Dada, a literary journal, Le Grand Jeu with three friends, collectively known as the Simplists, including poet Roger Gilbert Lecomte He is known best in the U.S for two novels A Night of Serious Drinking and the allegorical novel Mount Analogue A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing both based upon his friendship with Alexander de Salzmann, a pupil of G I Gurdjieff.Daumal was self taught in the Sanskrit language and translated some of the Tripitaka Buddhist canon into the French language, as well as translating the literature of the Japanese Zen scholar D.T Suzuki into French.He married Vera Milanova, the former wife of the poet Hendrik Kramer after Daumal s death, she married the landscape architect Russell Page.Daumal s sudden and premature death of tuberculosis on 21 May 1944 in Paris may have been hastened by youthful experiments with drugs and psychoactive chemicals, including carbon tetrachloride He died leaving his novel Mount Analogue unfinished, having worked on it until the day of his death.The motion picture The Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky is based largely on Daumal s Mount Analogue.William Walsh, an English poet, was a personal friend of Daumal and performed a radio presentation of Mount Analogue later in his life.

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    1. Along with Bataille, Daumal is in the distinctly French Surrealist tradition of negation as negative theology. Without exception, every one of these poems is an intimation of its authors death. This is much, much better than it sounds.



    2. Rene Daumal is one of my existential heroes. His books -- Mount Analogue and A Night of Serious Drinking -- are life-changing explorations of what it means to be human and how we experience reality. Daumal's project was to strip away the false and find the essence, and he ended up in a Buddhist-like renunciation of self. But before he got there he went through a period where he wrote violent poems about death and denial. These are those poems, and unfortunately, they don't have much of the grace [...]


    3. En lo personal, no me gustan los poemas de Daumal. El ritmo me parece molesto y las imágenes burdas. Pero lo que sí me encantó, y dejo marcado para futuras re-lecturas, fueron sus reflexiones entorno a la poesía y al acto creador. También sus ideas sobre La Negación como afirmación me parecen muy interesantes.


    4. Daumal's work centers on the idea of a "spiritual suicide", a Kirillov-esque world view which sees the annihilation of the self as the first step towards something-or-other. His poems reflect this and are odd and dark with a tolerable amount of skin-flaying.


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