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Somebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud in Africa, 1880-91 Paperback – 7 May 1998


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (7 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099767716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099767718
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Nicholl's books include two acclaimed travel books, The Fruit Palace and Borderlines, The Reckoning - an investigation into the murder of Chirstopher Marlowe, for which he won the Crime Writers' Association Non-fiction Gold Dagger Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and The Creature in the Map. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 1999
....... all of those English-language readers of Rimbaud in the original who thought they knew French, but didn't (and that means 99% of us). And thought they knew about Rimbaud's life but didn't (and that means 999 in a thousand of us). Hands up, for example, all those who knew Rimbaud had before he ever set foot in Africa, already: deserted from the Dutch Navy, sailed before the mast in a Scottish merchant vessel, worked as a circus cashier in Scandinavia and Bremen, and as a quarry overseer in Cyprus. If they didn't this book is for them. Full marks to Nicholl for leading us line by line, picture by picture, through large chunks of Rimbaud's life, for showing us how he walked everywhere for example: from Charleville to Brussels, Brussels to Paris, Paris to Stuttgart, Stuttgart across the Alps to Milan and all that before walking from Djibouti to Shoa, Shoa to Harar, nearly always on foot and for all his life, until his knee gave way. "Mon auberge était à la Grande-Ourse" and "un pied près de mon coeur", indeedy. Reminds me of Osip Mandelstam's phrase about Dante's metre: his feet knowing the length and breadth of Italy as he walked the roads of exile. But Nicholl shows us that unlike Dante, Rimbaud's exile was a self-chosen one. He walked out on everything: walked out on his family, walked out on literature (and never looked back, despite what folk might say), walked out on homosexuality and decadence in walking out on Verlaine, and walked out on Europe. And for what? He wanted to be a trader, explorer, photographer. He certainly became a good accountant, expedition organizer, manager, bargainer and an excellent negotiator.Read more ›
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By Lauren CG on 30 Dec. 2013
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The author manages to write a fascinating account of the last years of Rimbaud with relatively limited historical information. Excellent.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun. 2002
A fascinating and illuminating read. As a travel book it fulfils my desire to learn more and want to go myself. As a romance it is enchanting and thus quite charming. As a biography it goes where no-one else has considered it interesting to go - and how wrong they were. As a whole it entraps and enchants, and keeps it mystery like a the best romantics.
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Had to give it away the picture pages were stuck together
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