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La Folie Baudelaire

(2012)
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In La Folie Baudelaire, Roberto Calasso - one of the most original and acclaimed writers on literature, art, culture, and mythology - turns his attention to the poets and writers of Paris in the nineteenth century who created what was later called "the Modern." His protagonist is Charles Baudelaire: poet of "nerves," art love, pioneering critic, man about Paris. Calasso ranges through Baudelaire's life and work, focusing on two painters - Ingres and Delacroix - about whom Baudelaire wrote acutely, and then turns to Degas and Manet, who followed in the tracks Baudelaire laid down in his great essay The Painter of Modern Life. In Calasso's lavishly illustrated mosaic of stories, insights, close readings of poems, and commentaries on paintings, Baudelaire's Paris comes brilliantly to life.

            In the eighteenth century, a Folie was a garden pavilion set aside for people of leisure, a place of delight and fantasy. Following Baudelaire, Calasso has created a brilliant and dramatic "Folie Baudelaire" - a place where the reader can encounter the poet himself, his peers, his city, and his extraordinary likes and dislikes, finally discovering that that places is situated in the middle of the land of "absolute literature."

    

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November 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: La Folie Baudelaire
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
ISBN: 1-84614-290-3 / 978-1-84614-290-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen Lane
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October 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: La Folie Baudelaire
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
ISBN: 0-374-18334-1 / 978-0-374-18334-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

May 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: La Folie Baudelaire
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
ISBN: 0-241-95756-7 / 978-0-241-95756-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: La Folie Baudelaire
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
ISBN: 0-374-53407-1 / 978-0-374-53407-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kindle Editions

August 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: La Folie Baudelaire
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Penguin
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