BLOY (Leon). Autograph manuscript. 16 pp.... - Lot 79 - Osenat

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BLOY (Leon). Autograph manuscript. 16 pp.... - Lot 79 - Osenat
BLOY (Leon). Autograph manuscript. 16 pp. in-16 of 7 ff. in-8 recto-verso. IMPORTANT PASSAGES FROM HIS ROMAN LE DESPÉRE, published in 1887, belonging to the second part of the work. Two sets can be distinguished: - Disparate preparatory paragraphs to chapters XXVIII to XXXII and XXXV (pp. 1-6 of the present manuscript). - A PRIMITIVE VERSION OF THE TEXT FROM THE END OF CHAPTER XXXIV TO THE BEGINNING OF CHAPTER XLII, presenting numerous variants with the final version (pp. 9-15, 17- 19 and 21-28 of the present manuscript). "« ... The unrestrained Marchenoir nevertheless felt that he flattered himself with an impossible humility. To extract from universal history a symbolic whole, that is to say, to prove that history means something, that it has its architecture and that it develops with docility on the basis of the previous data of an infallible plan, was an operation that required the prior holocaust of freedom, such as modern reason can conceive it, at least. There was no way out of it. He was doomed to the uncertain experience of blowing his century to get his voice heard. The enormity of such a challenge was even tempting... "» (p. 9). THE DESPERATE, POIGNANT AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL, A SCANDALOUS SATIRE FROM THE LITERARY WORLD, AND A LYRICAL MEDITATION ON MAN AND THE SACRED. The narrative framework is inspired by the exalted drama that Léon Bloy (portrayed as Caïn Marchenoir) experienced with Anne-Marie Roulé (referred to as Véronique Cheminot), a prostitute he converted and who sank into madness after having waited with him in Visions la Fin du monde. Bloy interspersed between the episodes of the story with superb mystical digressions on pain, poverty, sacred art... He also undertook to ridicule the famous writers of his time, and painted in a transparent manner authors such as Bourget, Daudet, Maupassant, Mendès, Richepin, etc.. This caustic aspect of his work led his publisher Stock to withdraw, and Léon Bloy had the original edition published in 188
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