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Disaster Was My God

Disaster Was My God

(2011)
A Novel of the Outlaw Life of Arthur Rimbaud
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The author of the critically acclaimed novel The World as I Found It brilliantly reimagines the scandalous life of the pioneering, proto-punk poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Arthur Rimbaud, the enfant terrible of French letters, more than holds his own with Lord Byron and Oscar Wilde in terms of bold writing and salacious interest. In the space of one year - 1871 - with a handful of startling poems he transformed himself from a teenaged bumpkin into the literary sensation of Paris. He was taken up, then taken in, by the older and married poet Paul Verlaine in a passionate affair. When Rimbaud sought to end it, Verlaine, in a jealous rage, shot him. Shortly thereafter, Rimbaud - just shy of his twentieth birthday - declared himself finished with literature. His resignation notice was his immortal prose poem A Season in Hell. In time, Rimbaud wound up a prosperous trader and arms dealer in Ethiopia. But a cancerous leg forced him to return to France, to the family farm, with his sister and loving but overbearing mother. He died at thirty-seven.

Bruce Duffy takes the bare facts of Rimbaud's fascinating existence and brings them vividly to life in a story rich with people, places, and paradox. In this unprecedented work of fictional biography, Duffy conveys, as few ever have, the inner turmoil of this calculating genius of outrage, whose work and untidy life essentially anticipated and created the twentieth century's culture of rebellion. It helps us see why such protean rock figures as Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, and Patti Smith adopted Rimbaud as their idol.

Genre: Historical
 
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Hardback Editions

July 2011 : USA Hardback
Title: Disaster Was My God: A Novel of the Outlaw Life of Arthur Rimbaud
Author(s): Bruce Duffy
ISBN: 0-385-53436-1 / 978-0-385-53436-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

November 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Disaster Was My God
Author(s): Bruce Duffy
ISBN: 1-84668-528-1 / 978-1-84668-528-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clerkenwell Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

August 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Disaster Was My God: A Novel of the Outlaw Life of Arthur Rimbaud
Author(s): Bruce Duffy
ISBN: 0-307-74286-5 / 978-0-307-74286-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Disaster Was My God
Author(s): Bruce Duffy
ISBN: 1-84668-527-3 / 978-1-84668-527-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clerkenwell Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

November 2011 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Disaster Was My God
Author(s): Bruce Duffy
Publisher: Clerkenwell Press
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Disaster Was My God: A Novel of the Outlaw Life of Arthur Rimbaud
Author(s): Bruce Duffy
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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