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By René Daumal

ISBN-10: 0715632752

ISBN-13: 9780715632758

An evening of significant consuming is between Rene Daumal's most crucial literary works. Like Daumal's Mount Analogue it's a vintage paintings of symbolic fiction. An unnamed narrator spends a night getting inebriated with a bunch of friends.; because the occasion turns into intoxicated and exuberant, the narrator embarks on a trip that levels from seeming paradises to the depths of natural hell. the wonderful international depicted in an evening of significant ingesting is really the normal global became the wrong way up. The characters are known as the Anthographers, Fabricators of dead items, Scienters, Nibblists, Clarificators, and different absurd titles. but the population of those unusual nation-states are just too ordinary: scientists dissecting an animal of their laboratory, a sensible guy surrounded by way of his devotees, politicians, poets expounding their rhetoric. those characters practice hilarious antics and highbrow video games, which they see as severe makes an attempt to discover that means and freedom.

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But I would like to introduce you to j ust one of our patients. His case, a rather hard one to classify, shows symptoms both of Pwattism and Mnemographism. I'm sure you'll find him interesting. " 20 He led m e into a very ordinary looking house and w e climbed two or three floors. He rang a doorbell, introduced me to a "Mr. Aham Egomet" and said to me with a malicious wink : ' ' I ' l l leave you together for a few minutes. In the meantime, I'll go and make sure the Kirittiks have enough reading matter to be getting on with, for they quaff nothing else.

But it is reason which forced us to proceed thus, for since our subj ect is words, it must be from words that we start. " 56 Raising his hand to his head, h e lifted the top o f his skull with a simplicity which moved me, and I beheld the poetical machine firmly screwed to the pineal gland. It was a metal sphere hung on gimbals; it was hollow and, as I understood it, was filled with thou­ sands of tiny aluminum strips on each of which was engraved a dif­ ferent word. The sphere turned on its two axes until it grew still, allowing a word to drop through an aperture beneath .

Nothing more than citric fruit j uices and most of all barrel upon barrel of elbow grease at working temperature, as a result of which they are all as drunk as ducks, only they don't know it. " 5 Scrambling up a hillock covered with celluloid flowers, I expressed my surprise how a whole universe could be contained in a garret. The orderly explained : " It's the same here as anywhere else, but here it's made quite clear : space is generated by need. Let's say you'd like to take a walk. You simply proj ect in front of you the necessary space which you walk across as and when.

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