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My Fantoms Read & Download ☆ 4 å ✫ [PDF] ✑ My Fantoms By Théophile Gautier ✸ – Romantic provocateur flamboyant bohemian precocious novelist perfect poet—not to mention an inexhaustible journalist critic and man about town—Théophile Gautier is one of the major figures and gr Romantic provocateur flambNtoms assembles seven stories spanning the whole of Gautier’s career into a unified work that captures the essence of his adventurous life and subtle art From the erotic awakening of “The Adolescent” through “The Poet” a piercing recollection of the mad genius Gérard de Nerval the great friend of Gautier’s youth My Fantoms celebrates the senses and illuminates the strange disguises of the spirit while ta. The Hippopotamus Theophile Gautier The sturdy Hippopotamus inhabits jungles Javanese where snarl in caverns bottomless undreamable monstrosities The boa hisses and unscrews; snuffles convulse the buffalo; the tiger caterwauls He chews or slumbers tranuillissimo He fears not kris nor assegai he looks at man and stands his ground; he laughs when shots from the sepoy spatter his leather and rebound The hippopotamus and I have an impenetrable hide In armour plate of certainty I roam the plains with dauntless stride Gautier was a hippopotamus with a ballerina brainWith ballerinas on his brainBig bosomed ballerinas in marble diabolically vivified in his imaginal lifeHe was a hippopotamus who wore silk dainties under his hide and in his dream life was turned inside out A hippy hippo who lived in a frothy chaotic age when aesthetics freely mingled with the truly fantastical the magical the wackily spiritual and when these things could be handled with an irony that did not sacrifice the reality of the Unseen thereby investing the ironical with substance and chills So these tales spiritually chill as they seduce with alluring very tangible detail sprinkled with humor like marble breasts come to laughing life in one’s dreams breasts large enough to blot out the everyday sun to draw one with immense mammarian force into alternate worlds fed by erotical starsBut beneath these laughing and living imaginary tits are the devil’s horns and hooves so to bury one’s fun loving face in the pliant milky flesh is to feel hardness and points and consuming flamesGautier was a tightrope hippopotamus in a tutu Tightropes no less real for being mental And a hippo no less sexy for being a hippoHis was an age when the imagination could reign supreme because the imagination was realIt was also an age when the imagination could kill because it was realNerval was Gautier’s best friend and died at the hand of his own imaginationAnd the hippo lived to cry and write about it Nothing in fact actually dies everything goes on existing always No power on earth can obliterate that which has once had being Every act every word every form every thought falls into the universal ocean of things and produces a circle on its surface that goes on enlarging beyond the furthest bounds of eternity The material configurations only disappear from the common gaze while the spectres that break free from them go out to people infinity

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Romantic provocateur flamboyant bohemian precocious novelist perfect poet not to mention an inexhaustible journalist critic and man about town Théophile Gautier is one of the major figures and great characters of French literature In My Fantoms Richard Holmes the celebrated biographer of Shelley and Coleridge has found a brilliantly effective new way to bring this great but too little known writer into English My Fa. 45 starsOn n'est veritablement morte ue uand on n'est plus aimée My Fantoms is a ghostly provocative selection of seven of Théophile Gautier's short stories translated and compiled by Richard Holmes The stories are arranged chronologically so that the reader may perceive the progression of Gautier's writing throughout the course of his professional career the first The Adolescent was written when he was just twenty one the last in this collection The Poet was written when he was fifty six Gautier's lengthy works not presented in this selection are erotically imagined Some of the tales are sensual seductive gothic romances often with spectral hypnotic fantastic and otherworldly features The fantômes in his stories are shadowy outlines silhouettes mostly feminine entities they are seductresses ravishing mischief makers soft hearted vampires generous courtesans fatal temptresses or simply ardent thousand year old musesxxii Symbolically they hint at a portrait of Gautier's own personal relationships This taken to be truth his love life must have been uite volatile and haunting In The Adolescent the main character an innocent with a headful of dreams and illusions visits his uncle's summer house a sad relic of bygone days as ramshackled as if it had been a thousand years old At night in his bedroom he witnesses the goddess Omphale climbing out of the mythological tapestry to seduce him The experience initially frightening becomes so intoxicating that he obsessively anticipates these nightly apparitions Much is alluded here to the loss of innocence Gautier wrote with a light tone and often with a sense of humor He also reflected his training in the arts and his appreciation of textures form and color in his prose In The Painter Onuphrius works on a portrait when it is tampered with by a diabolical spectral being Onuphrius walked over to collect the canvas leaning with its face to the wall He put it up on the easel Just above the line of Jacintha's delicate mouth an unknown hand had drawn in a pair of moustaches that would have done honour to a drum majorFor about an hour everything went well The blood flow beneath the flesh tones the outlines grew sharp the forms filled out the light values were established against the dark and half the canvas was already aliveHe was in the act of paintingthe pupil when a violent blow to his elbow knocked his hand aside The spot of white jerked onto the eyebrow and his coat sleeve smeared across the surface of the cheek which he had just finished and was still fresh The last tale The Poet is a part fictionbiography of his old friend Gérard de Nerval who committed suicide in 1855 Nerval whose own writings were inspired by his obsession for an actress Jenny Colon died 1842 was the one person who understood Gautier best The Poet is a nostalgic remembrance of Nerval illuminating some of their mutually haunted experiences It reads like a very tragic memoirIt is now twelve years since that drear morning in January when a sinister rumour first began to spread through Paris In the uncertain light of that cold grey dawn a body had been found hanging from the bars of a wall ventilator in rue de la Vielle Lanterne opposite the iron grille of a street sewer halfway up a flight of steps It was a place freuented by a familiar crow who used to hop ominously about seeming to croak like the raven in Edgar Allan Poe Never oh never The body was that of my childhood friend and school fellow Gérard de Nerval Gautier's macabre tales have similar gothic romance values to those of Edgar Allan Poe These writings are expressed with a savoir faire a naturalness reflecting a bohemian life and pagan musings; obsessive loves and a mild indulgence in eroticism; his view of death as an escape from the pain and suffering of life My Fantoms is a great introduction to Gautier Whatever else is gleaned from this compilation it is certain that I would enjoy Théophile Gautier's lengthier fiction and poetry

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My FantomsKing readers on a tour of modernity at its most mysterious ”What ever would the Devil find to do in Paris” Gautier wonders “He would meet people just as diabolical as he and find himself taken for some naïve provincial”Tapestries statues and corpses come to life young men dream their way into ruin and Gautier keeps his faith in the power of imagination “No one is truly dead until they are no longer loved?. Wonderful stories Superb writing Phantasmagoria Fantastiue I loved each one of these even the one that is about Nerval his friend and poet than a fictional story I really enjoyed this collection This went on my best reads pile I was sad when I had blazed through the whole thing and it ended Highly recommend to fans of the gothic phantasmagoric type stories