"Alas! We have now arrived in the real."
"Rather than simply suborn us through glamorous evocations of criminal pleasures, the deeper purpose of Les Chants de Maldoror is to sabotage the central clauses of the writer–reader contract, if not the protocols of literature at large."
—Roger Cardinal, "Lautréamont's poison-drenched pages," TLS
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