|Chants of Maldoror is a band, but ths is about the book. Better graphic though.|
Les Chants de Maldoror
by Lautreamont AKA Isidore Lucien Ducasse
A non event when written, Les Chants de Maldoror was revived by the Surrealists in the early 20th century and held up as an early example of surrealism. It's theoretically about a character named Maldoror who is like a Vampire or something, and he goes around and does a bunch of vile shit. I think that is what happens. The imagery is rather disturbing at times. In one notable passage Maldoror (I think it's Maldoror?) rapes and murders a young girls and then pulls her intestines out through her vagina, marveling at the evil of it all. There is a dark, twisted side to surrealism that is often underappreciated by Americans who associate surrealism with 60s hippie culture, but that is some dark shit. And Les Chants de Maldoror is some dark shit.