29 April 2008

Rimbaud's end?

While watching news coverage of the ongoing book fair in Bogotá, I was intrigued by an interview with Orlando Mejía Rivera, author of El enfermo de Abisinia. This novelization of the last few years of Rimbaud's life also proposes an alternate theory regarding the illness that eventually caused his death.

Mejía Rivera draws on "fierce articles by the critic Lepelletier (which the author reproduces) and an invented correspondence between Verlaine and Nikos Sotiro [Rimbaud's doctor]." The text "presents all of the pieces of the puzzle that continue to constitute the life and personality of the visionary poet." Definitely a book I'll be keeping an eye out for on my next trip to the bookstore.

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