René Daumal


René Daumal

René Daumal (16 March, 1908 - 21 May, 1944) was a French writer, philosopher and poet. He was born in Boulzicourt, Ardennes, France.

In his late teens his avant-garde poetry was published in France's leading journals, and in his early twenties, although courted by André Breton co-founded, as a counter to Surrealism and Dada, a literary journal, "Le Grand Jeu" with three friends, collectively known as the Simplists, including poet Roger Gilbert-Lecomte . He is known best in the U.S. for two novels "A Night of Serious Drinking" and the allegorical novel "" both based upon his friendship with Alexander de Salzmann, a pupil of G. I. Gurdjieff.

Daumal was self-taught in the Sanskrit language and translated some of the Tripitaka Buddhist canon into the French language, as well as translating the literature of the Japanese Zen scholar D.T. Suzuki into French.

He married Vera Milanova, the former wife of the poet Hendrik Kramer; after Daumal's death, she married the landscape architect Russell Page.

Daumal's sudden and premature death of tuberculosis on May 21, 1944 in Paris may have been hastened by youthful experiments with drugs and psychoactive chemicals, including carbon tetrachloride. He died leaving his novel "Mount Analogue" unfinished, having worked on it until the day of his death.

The motion picture "Holy Mountain" by Alejandro Jodorowsky is based largely on Daumal's "Mount Analogue".

Bibliography

Works by René Daumal in English translation

*"Le Contre-Ciel (Le contre-ciel)", Woodstock, New York: Overlook Press, 2005.
*"A Fundamental Experiment", New York / Madras: Hanuman Books, 1987.
*"The Lie of the Truth and Other Parables from the Way of Liberation", New York / Madras: Hanuman Books, 1989.
*"Mount Analogue (Le mont analogue)", Woodstock, New York: Overlook Press, 2004.
*"Mugle and the Silk (Mugle; La soie)", New York, Edwin Mellen Press, 1997.
*"A Night of Serious Drinking (La grande beuverie)", Woodstock, New York: Overlook Press, 2003.
*"The Powers of the Word (1927-1943) (Les pouvoirs de la parole)", San Francisco: City Lights, 1991.
*'Rasa or Knowledge of the Self'Essays On Indian Aesthetics and Selected Sanskrit Studies. New York: New Directions, 1982.* ed. Claudio Rugafiori, transl. Louise Landes Levi, Repr. Kathamndu, Nepal, Shivastan, 2002 & 2006 (each edition 333 copies).

*"You've Always Been Wrong (Tu t'es toujours trompé)", Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995.

Works in English on René Daumal

*Phil Powrie, "René Daumal and Roger Gilbert-Lecomte: A bibliography", London: Grant & Cutler, 1988.
*Kathleen Ferrick Rosenblatt, "René Daumal: The Life and Work of a Mystic Guide", New York: Suny Press, 1999.

External links

* [http://www.gurdjieff-legacy.org/70links/bk_voices2.htm "Voices in the Dark"]
* [http://www.gurdjieff.org/daumal1.htm "Holy War"]
* [http://www.poemhunter.com/p/m/poem.asp?poet=6584&poem=26484 "Skin of Light"]
* [http://www.deaddrunkdublin.com/poems/rene_daumal/poetry_black_poetry_white.html " Poetry Black Poetry White"]


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