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DELIRIUM: The Rimbaud Delusion [Kindle Edition]

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How many times had I dreamt of coming across the yellowing manuscript of La Chasse Spirituelle? Inside an old book on a stall in Paris, perhaps. Or in the attic of some befriended ancient. How many daydreams had I enjoyed over the possibility that one day...?
I shook myself. It couldn’t possibly be true...

1872: The explosive love affair between flamboyant French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine rocks French society. They flee to London, abandoning the manuscript of La Chasse Spirituelle to Verlaine’s scorned young wife. When a lawyer's clerk salvages it from a dusty deed box, the manuscript begins its journey down the decades, revealing the secrets and betrayals of its various keepers.

2004: Andrea Mann, disenchanted with life and love, travels to France. Driven by her obsession with Rimbaud, she’s chasing her dream – the missing manuscript. Beside the poet’s grave at Charleville-Mézières, she meets a beautiful young man who shows her a single page – from La Chasse Spirituelle.

Andrea embarks on a desperate quest. Drawn into a manipulative relationship with the youth and his Svengali-like mentor, the mysterious Albert, she faces unwelcome truths. The closer she gets to the manuscript, the further she veers from reality.

But is Albert’s copy genuine? And can La Chasse Spirituelle fill the void in Andrea’s soul?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 926 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PENTALPHA PUBLISHING EDINBURGH (30 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Barbara Scott Emmett has published novels, short stories and a book of poetry. Her work has also appeared in anthologies and magazines. She has been fascinated by French poet Arthur Rimbaud for many years and a play about him (Death Without Tears) was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1999.

Her new novel Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion was published in association with Triskele Books in October 2014; the ebook came out in August 2014. Find out more about it here:

Barbara lives in Newcastle and writes in a room overlooking the Tyne often accompanied by her husband, writer Jimmy Bain, and their cat Gizzie.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By rotida
Format:Kindle Edition
Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion is a fascinating novel centered around the love affair between Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud in the 19th century. Through (fictional) letters, journal excerpts and beautiful atmospheric vignettes, Barbara Scott-Emmett weaves in a story about a lost manuscript written at the height of Rimbaud and Verlaine's passion. The lost document is handed down to unlikely recipients, and reminded me a little of The Yellow King, where everyone who reads the book goes mad. But in the case of The Rimbaud Delusion, people who come across the manuscript seem to fall in love, one way or the other. We leave the 19th century to follow the lost writings well into World War II and its aftermath, and the mystery is at last solved.

Every section has been so carefully crafted in its historical and emotional atmosphere that we feel the passion of a young man in 19th century as easily as the distress of a mother in WWI, the freedom of the Roaring Twenties and the post-WWII bitterness. My only complaint is that I greedily wish there were more scenes dedicated to the great love of the poets, as it is hard to come by novels that deal with their homosexuality so openly.

The historical part is interspersed with passages in contemporary times, and a clever and intriguing aside that I will not spoil for you. But I definitely recommend this book. I enjoyed it very much, and it was quite a page-turner towards the end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 30 Dec. 2014
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Wow. I bought this for my husband as I knew he'd love it. I was really keen to read it to. We both adored it. The different storylines and narrative voices are wonderfully brought to life and the author interweaves the many threads with great skill. The writing is haunting and lyrical. I knew almost nothing about Rimbaud before I read this book. As well as being a great, page-turning story the novel brings the flawed poet to life in a way that made me want to go and buy all his poetry immediately.
This is a literary novel with the suspense and mystery of a crime novel. The combination makes for a most satisfying read. I was genuinely baffled by the mystery as Andrea tries to uncover the truth behind the La Chasse Spirituelle.
Loved this book and really hope to see more work by the talented author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb novel, superb writing 25 Sept. 2014
By Gilly
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of those books that lingers in your memory long after you close the final page, or more accurately close down your Kindle! A talented writer who uses a fluid narrative to tell two separate stories - one from 1872 and the controversial life story of the poet, Rimbaud, and one from 2004 narrated by a Rimbaud enthusiast, Andrea Mann, who becomes embroiled in a mystery that changes her life. There's something for everyone in this cleverly crafted novel - engaging modern-day characters, a captivating period in history, and an edge of the seat ride that the author handles with skill. It's nice also to learn something new from fiction, and I'm not itching to discover more about this poet. Highly recommended for readers of all genres.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 9 Aug. 2014
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A truly magnificant piece of work spinning a narrative arc in a series of apparently disjointed voices reminiscent of David Mitchell at his best. A classic series of unreliable narrators spanning three separate centuries brings the search for a hidden Rimbaud manuscript to life and sets it with firm yet unobtrusive precision against the terrible history of modern Europe. Characters from all walks of life are traced with subtlety and imagination, bringing the story to a climax in modern times under the hot French summer sun. Devotees of Rimbaud will find a story interwoven with accuracy and imagination, while those less familiar with the French poet's work will discover that ths book is a feast for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read in a long time 25 Sept. 2014
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Initially, the various strands running through this superb novel appear to be unrelated, but, as the pages flew by, I soon realised how intriguingly each story was intertwined with the main narrative. A glimpse of lost poetic masterpiece is tantalisingly held out the heroine of the tale, Andrea – but is it genuine or a fake? As Andrea falls ever deeper under the spell of a master manipulator and his beautiful young male companion, the secrets behind the manuscript’s journey, from the time it was penned by Rimbaud to the present day, is revealed to the reader. This is a stunning piece of work that hits the mark on so many levels, it’s impossible to rate it too highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book 1 Aug. 2014
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I loved this book. Its storyline twists and turns revealing the characters’ intimate lives and terrible secrets.
I‘m not a great fan of poetry but I found myself becoming fascinated and obsessed (like Andrea the MC) with the legend of the great Rimbaud. Greedily I turned the pages, eager to know more about his volatile love life, wonderful prose and whether Andrea had really discovered one of his lost masterpieces.

The book has so many delicious strands which weave together as the story grows and reaches its final and unexpected climax. If your fan of great writing, characterisation and entertaining stories – then buy this book.
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I didn't know anything about Rimbaud before reading this book. The narrative is spun from several angles and points of view, from Arthur Rimbaud and the scorned wife of Paul... Read more
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