The Time of the Assassins: a Study of Rimbaud

ISBN: 0811201155
ISBN 13: 9780811201155
By: Henry Miller

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The social function of the creative personality is a recurrent theme with Henry Miller, and this book is perhaps his most poignant and concentrated analysis of the artist's dilemma.

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علی

هنری می لر جدای از نویسندگی، گزارش ها و روایت های جالبی دارد که گاه از داستان هایش بهتر و برتر اند. از جمله چند روایتی که در این کتاب آمده و خوشبختانه توسط عبدالله توکل به فارسی برگردانده شده و توسط انتشارات زمان در 1363 چاپ و منتشر شده است.

John Doe

A child prodigy who gives up poetry at the height of his powers (when he is eighteen!), Rimbaud embarks on a life of adventure (selling guns, slaves and coffee). Miller identifies with Rimbaud (his life as much as his writings). I always kind of identified with Miller because I feel a connection for those without a place in the world. Rimbaud is Miller's favorite writer, and this book contains some of Miller's best writing.For example:"And what is the nature of this secret? I can only say that it has to do with mothers. I feel that it was the same with Lawrence and with Rimbaud. All the rebelliousness which I share with them derives from this problem which, as nearly as I can express it, means the search for one's true link with humanity. One finds it neither in the personal life nor in the collective life, if one is of this type. One is unadapatable to the point of madness. One longs to find his peer, but one is surrounded by vast empty spaces. One needs a teacher, but one lacks the humility, the flexibility, and the patience which is demanded...One has to establish the ultimate difference of his own peculiar being and doing so discover his kinship with all humanity, even the very lowest. Acceptance is the key word. But acceptance is precisely the great stumbling block. It has to be total acceptance and not conformity."

Bryce Digdug

An amazing essay about Rimbaud's giving up art and how, in general, people have given up on life and are the living dead. I would say especially under G.W. Bush! In general, about how society is crushing to individuality and what potential we have to create a society beyond our dreams.

Ross

Pure inspiration. Henry Miller discussing the issues of the natural artist using Arthur Rimbaud's life as the example.

Folkert Wierda

Sometimes you need to get out of your comfort zone, and with this I did, big time. It was recommended to by by a friend, and so I put it on my Amazon wish list, after which a far-away and never-met Facebook friend got it for me as a birthday present.First of all: I am quite an analytical person, and never have seen anything in poetry. Also I do not listen to texts from songs, I listen to the music. So maybe I lack the background and experience to appreciate books like this work by Miller. But here are my observations and impressions.I understand that comparisons, hyperbole and symbolism can sometimes work to clarify the point an author wants to make. But when a book consists only of comparisons, hyperbole and symbolism I get irritated, as it is not anymore supporting the aim of the author to communicate his ideas, but much more makes the impression of being an attempt to impress and confuse.Also Miller seems very fond of Dialectical contradictions, I started counting them per page. Now and then this form can be powerful, but if every second sentence contains such forms it gets boring and counter productive.Interesting that Miller included lots of passages in original French. Nice to practice after many years, but not really helpful in conveying his message.The book is about a prodigy French poet who writes until he is 18 and then "looses it". I could imagine the firm of a literary biography would work and would make sense. The form that Miller choses (what form is it?) makes me lose the message, or not getting it.As admitted in the beginning: I am fully aware that I may not have the "equipment" to enjoy this kind of books. In that case this review is more about me than about Miller. But aren't reviews always a lot about the reviewer?

Dan

Miller writes compellingly, passionately, sometimes hyperbolically, about French poet Arthur Rimbaud, enfant terrible and author of works like A Season in Hell & Other Poems and Illuminations. In this text, Miller employs a non-academic approach, reflected in the level of generality with which he discusses the poet: there are very few lines quoted from Rimbaud's poems, and much of the discussion is imaginative reconstruction of significant times from Rimbaud's biography. The essay is a meditation on the significance of Rimbaud’s work and life, both for his time and our own. The oracular and apocalyptic style Miller deploys in the essay could be read as functioning to disseminate the style and spirit of Rimbaud’s work.

Stefan

Not completely sure what I think of this. At times Miller's overly ecstatic and it's a turnoff, but it is an interesting look into an enigmatic artist read by another artist. He theorizes about what may Rimbaud may have been leading towards had he not died. Not very long, I should just finish it.

Paolo

Miller repeats the N-word throughout the early part of this essay on Rimbaud, which made it impossible for me to read the rest of the way.

Fawaz Ali

كتاب جدير بالقراءة إذ أن هنري ميللر يسبر أغوار شخصية الشاعر رامبو ويغوص في أعماق كل شاعر مرهف الأحاسيس، كما أنه يعطينا دروساً روحية في مجتمع طغى عليه الجانب المادي...

Ryoof Almutawa

هنري مييللر يعوم هنا في بحثه محاولاً دراسة آرثر رامبو الذي سرعان ما أصبح معلمه المفضل بعد أن كان لا يطيق أن ينطق احد باسمه . قراءة هذه الدراسة تجاوزت كل التوقعات! و مصدر إلهام ضخم، عندما تنتهي من هذا الكتاب تخرج بأفكار مختلفة والفضل لهما. هذا الكتاب أظهر جوانب عدة من هنري وذلك عن طريق طرحه لسيرة رامبو مستخدماً التناظرات في النقد! التي اعتبرها علامة عبقريته! لديه مهارة عالية في استخدام الكنايات واختيار الألفاظ والمقارنة، قادر أن يزرع لدى القارئ شغفاً وتوقاً لمعرفة المزيد عنهما. كتاب أجده نموذج في العبقرية والفن، فيه الكثير من الجرأة مناقشاً كل مايتعلق بتقلبات الإنسان ،صراعات النفس، تناقضات الحياة، اتساع الوعي، العنف، البحث عن الحرية، الفراغ، الحب، الامومة، المادية، الفن، الموسيقى، الأحلام، رحلة الأمان، الخلط بين الهلوسة والواقع! صاحب أسلوب مختلف لم يسبق أن قرأت شيئاً يشبهها! ورامبو -موضوع البحث هنا- الشاعر المتمرد صاحب الأفعال الشاذة والأفكار المشوشة الذي كتب قصيدة -فصل في الجحيم-التي أثارت الجدل في الأوساط الأدبية في الماضي ومازالت سبباً لجدلية لا تنتهي- وهو في أواخر مراهقته متوصلاً لنتائج لم يتوصل لها العديد ممن هم في ضعف ضعف عمره! وأشعاره التي لا تستطيع أن تعي معانيها من أول قراءة. والتي كانت من مسببات الحماسة الظاهرة على هنري في تقديم هذا الدراسة الأدبية ليؤكد مرة إثر مره أن رامبو لم يكن بالإنسان العادي وأيضاً ليثبت التشابه الفكري بينهما. دراسة ناجحة أوصي بها بشدة!

Lynne King

I read this book about twenty years ago and was reminded of it this morning by another reviewer on Goodreads.On browsing through this now, I had forgotten how interesting this French poet was and I do believe that Henry Miller has done an admirable job here. It is worth having this book purely to read Anthony Burgess' introduction if nothing else.I was particularly taken with Burgess' statement:"Anyone looking in his (Miller's) essay for a detailed critical account of Rimbaud's work, or a study of his life, will be disappointed. That kind of thing can be safely left to Enid Starkie. Miller is using Rimbaud as a pretext to deliver his own judgements on the world and to affirm that the boy poet was a prophet of the final collapse of civilization in the twentieth century. The essay was written in 1946, after the potential of the atomic bomb of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Miller can be excused for believing that the collapse of civilized order was coming, if not the extinction of mankind itself. Rimbaud as a prophet of breakdown - the time of the assassins - and Miller, feeling himself to be something of a prophet too, found an affinity with the poet."An excellent book and highly recommended.

noura

مصافحة أولى، لكتابٍ عن رامبو، أو كتابٍ من ميلر. لم أجد ما كنت أتوقع أن أجده في الكتاب. لكني بالصدفة والتجربة، تعرفت على مترجمٍ رائع. أحببت الترجمة، المهمة التي قد تقتل أجمل الكتب، لذا للمستقبل، تذكري نورة، سعدي يوسف مترجمٌ جيد.

Gabriel Thy

Henry Miller's unfinished but very readable critique of French boy poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Levi

it doesn't necessarily deserve more than the 3 stars i have given it, nevertheless there is something extremely compelling about Miller's prose. his analysis of Rimbaud progresses by a comparison of the parallels with his own life- so you learn more about Miller than anything else. But i suppose you'd all expect this since it's Miller!

Faisal AlHebainy

لو كنت من هنري ميللر، لخجلت كثيرًا من نشر هذا الكتاب. رامبو من أقرب الشعراء إلى قلبي، مع بليك ودانتي، إلا أن كتاب ميللر لم يعجبني أبدًا. وعمومًا، يُقرفني كثيرًا تقديس الإنسان لإنسانٍ آخر.

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