Os Paraísos Artificiais (Portuguese Edition)

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Charles Baudelaire was great admirer of American writer Thomas De Quincey, author of the pioneering Confissões de um comedor de ópio (Confessions of an opium eater), so much so that he had it translated into French. In 1860, Baudelaire gathered his own essays breaking wine, hashish and opium myths in Os paraísos artificiais (The artificial paradises). In this book, translated by José Saramago, the French writer makes a digression on the effects of hashish, illustrating his thinking with facts narrated by real or imaginary characters. In order to speak of opium, he dissects Confissões de um comedor de ópio, by De Quincey, analyzing each phase of the report. When talking about the wine, he clearly shows his bias, hidden in a submission to the moral and religious notions of the time. Baudelaire suggests that the man seeks drugs in his divine essence, but with this he only evokes the most bestial of his ?natural depravity' and his ?Spirit of Evil', stressing some characteristics that he already has.

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Born in Paris, France, in 1821, Charles Pierre Baudelaire was the inspiration to the expression ?cursed poets?. Fan of the well-living, enjoyed experiences with drugs and involvement with various women, wasting his goods with lust. He is considered one of the greatest poets of the nineteenth century. His poems were collected in the volume Flores do mal (Flowers of evil), and from his critics work, also renowned, A arte romântica (the romantic art) stands out. He died in Paris in 1867.

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