Saturday, 21 May 2011
Rimbaud In Abyssinia
by Alain Borer.
The first book that looked primarily at Rimbaud's African years. It was groundbreaking work at the time. Its basic thesis, however, that Rimbaud was a failed businessman during these African ventures was, essentially discredited by the later work done by Charles Nicholl in his very excellent Somebody Else: Rimbaud In Africa.
Nevertheless, this is an essential book if you are even remotely interested in Rimbaud's non-poet life.