Saturday, 10 December 2011
Somebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud In Africa
Somebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud in Africa
Perhaps my favourite of all my Rimbaud books. I am particularly interested in Rimbaud's African years and this book is the definitive guide, though "guide" is perhaps the operative word, given how much still remains unknown and, indeed, unknowable.
Nicholl corrects many earlier errors and explodes some well-worn myths along the way, such as the one about Rimbaud being a failed businessman in Africa, when in fact he had amassed a small fortune.
If you are interested in this period of Rimbaud's life, this is a must-have book.