Gérard de Nerval was the nom-de-plume of the French writer, poet, and translator Gérard .. On Psychological and Visionary Art: Notes from C. G. Jung’s Lecture on Gérard de Nerval’s “Aurélia”. Ed. Craig E Stephenson, Princeton: Princeton. Aurélia. by Gérard de Nerval · Download. No Description Available. Fiction Literary · From the same author · Les Chimères · Download · Octavie. Download. Product Description. Aurelia & other writings by Gerard de Nerval Translated by Geoffrey Wagner, Robert Duncan and Marc Lowenthal ISBN X.

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The language of my companions had mysterious turns whose sense I understood, objects without form and without life lent themselves to the calculations of my spirit;–from combinations of pebbles, from figures of angles, from crevices and breaches, from the edges of leaves, from colors, from odors and sounds I saw emerge harmonies unknown until then.

Apocalyptic Writing from Blake to the Modern Age. Aurelia is French poet and novelist Gerard de Nerval’s account of his descent into madness–a condition provoked in part by his unrequited passion for an actress named Jenny Colon.

An “almost pathological sense that reality is not stable,” says my boy Warwick, and do I love that stuff?

Lyrics are known to be mainly written by Vivian Stanshall after reading Nerval’s biography. Geoffrey Wagner’s translation of Aurelia was first published by Grove Press inbut has remained out of print for nearly 20 years. Jung described Nerval’s memoir as a cautionary tale the protagonist cannot profit psychologically from his own lucidity and profound insightsand he validates Nerval’s visionary experience as a genuine encounter with the collective unconscious and anima mundi.

In JanuaryNerval’s maternal grandfather died and he inherited around 30, francs. The area had been scheduled for demolition in Juneand that work began in the spring of Escaping to these other worlds becomes a kind of addiction for him and he loses all interest in the “real” world. This realization, Nerval explains, “is enough to drive a wise man mad; let us ensure that there is enough to make a madman sane.

The form encourages economy of setting, concise…. Medieval Renaissance 17th 18th 19th 20th century Contemporary. This hallucinatory document of dreams, obsession and insanity has fascinated artists such as Joseph Cornell, who cited passages from it to explain his own work; Antonin Artaud, who saw his own madness mirrored by Nerval’s; and Andre Breton, who placed Nerval in the highest echelon of Surrealist heroes. A Man and His Lobster”.


In that sense, it does fit in well with various Surrealist’s acounts of their own periods of delusion Unica Zurn’s The Man of Jasmine and Leonora Carrington’s Down Below are key examples of this genrewhile looking ahead to some of the oneiric accounts in fictions As recommended by Rene Daumal, various Surrealists, and others. Poor Nerval, what a troubled and beautiful soul. Criticism journal articles [ edit ] Blackman, Maurice — Jun 06, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing. Other experts disagree with this biographical analysis.

The author seems surprisingly modern. And while it’s clear it ultimately gave him much pain he ended up taking his own lifeit leaves us with this beautifully ethereal book that takes us into his self-created alternate universe.

Aurélia and Other Writings

The poet Charles Baudelaire observed that Nerval had “delivered his soul in the darkest street that he could find. Apr 30, J. I regarded myself as a hero living under the gaze of the gods; all of nature took on new aspects, and secret voices escaped from the plant, from the tree, from animals, from the humblest insects, to warn me and encourage me.

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Everything in nature took on new aspects, and secret voices emanated from plants, trees, animals, and the smallest insects, in order to warn me and encourage me. Who nervval reason when you can read this book!

The book begins with a seemingly realistic narrative about lost love and slowly geratd into his imaginary world where it’s difficult to tell if he is relating true events or imaginary dreams. Retrieved 22 January Refresh and try again. They are peaceful, serious creatures.

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French Men of Letters. Craig E Stephenson, Princeton: Before and after his madness he paints vivid scenes of childhood love, Parisian neighborhoods, and occult rituals. Back in Paris inhe began to publish articles about his trip in During the period of netval greatest creativity, Nerval was afflicted with severe mental disorders and was institutionalized at least eight times.


I’d say that Nerval actually fares a little better: There are other stories, poems, and documents in this fantastic collection that I’m not reviewing, all of which are great or at least well worth reading esp. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote Wikisource.

Nov 27, Quinn Slobodian rated it it was ok Shelves: The creation of new life! Jul 30, Mitch rated it it was amazing. Abovian Alencar Alfieri Andersen A. If the mind has to become completely unhinged in order to place us in communication with another world, it is clear that merval mad will never be able to prove to the sane how blind they are, to say the very least!

The story is pretty simple; a turgid tale of unrequited and senseless infatuation for a stage-actress Aurelia on behalf of a maladjusted loser Nerval. Nerval shifts back and forth from past to present, proving the reader with a phantasmic perspective in conjunction with heart- break and misery.

I strongly caution anyone who treasures the precious little time they have on this beautiful, big, blue planet not to squander it reading the work of Gerard Labrunie inspired to use the name Nerval in homage to the estate of a wealthy ancestor. Catching up on Cl First Question for Upstream.

He’s even acutely aware of the inherently problematic tendency to fall in love not with actual people but with his own images thereof. Such appear to be demanding criteria which Exact Change sets for the scribes of truly inspiring and timeless literature. Cada vez que le doy un rating a un libro en este lugar, me decepciono. He attained the summit of his art whenever he combined his exquisite taste with his infallible intuition for the appropriate image by which to transcribe his dreams of a lost paradise of beauty, fulfillment, innocence, and youth.

Some amazing prose, like for instance the first paragraph.