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Somebody Else Arthur Rimbaud in Africa, 1880-91

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Somebody Else Arthur Rimbaud in Africa, 1880-91
Charles Nicholl, "Somebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud in Africa, 1880-91 "
English | ISBN: 1780601697 | 2021 | 344 pages | EPUB | 5 MB
Rimbaud was the original enfant terrible. A poetic genius, he destroyed all those who attempted to befriend him, most notoriously wrecking the marriage and sanity of the poet Verlaine. Having conquered the literary world of Paris, he abandoned France and in the dog days of August 1880 he disembarked in Aden, on the coast of Yemen, a lean twenty-five-year-old Frenchman carrying only a brown suitcase fastened with four leather straps and a touch of fever. The subsequent period, 'the lost years', is the subject of this biographical quest.


Charles Nicholl pieces together the shadowy story of Rimbaud's life as a trader, explorer, and gun-runner. We catch his trail in Somalia, in the alleys of Djibouti, up in the highlands of Ethiopia, in the souks of Cairo with twenty pounds of gold strapped around his waist, and escorting a camel-train of Remington rifles across the Danakil desert.
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