A Night of Serious Drinking by René Daumal

By René Daumal

An evening of great ingesting is between Rene Daumal's most crucial literary works. Like Daumal's Mount Analogue it's a vintage paintings of symbolic fiction. An unnamed narrator spends a night getting under the influence of alcohol with a bunch of friends.; because the celebration turns into intoxicated and exuberant, the narrator embarks on a trip that levels from seeming paradises to the depths of natural hell. the glorious global depicted in an evening of significant ingesting is absolutely the standard international grew to become the wrong way up. The characters are known as the Anthographers, Fabricators of lifeless gadgets, Scienters, Nibblists, Clarificators, and different absurd titles. but the population of those unusual geographical regions are just too standard: scientists dissecting an animal of their laboratory, a smart guy surrounded through his devotees, politicians, poets expounding their rhetoric. those characters practice hilarious antics and highbrow video games, which they see as critical makes an attempt to discover that means and freedom.

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A Night of Serious Drinking

An evening of great consuming is between Rene Daumal's most crucial literary works. Like Daumal's Mount Analogue it's a vintage paintings of symbolic fiction. An unnamed narrator spends a night getting under the influence of alcohol with a bunch of acquaintances. ; because the get together turns into intoxicated and exuberant, the narrator embarks on a trip that levels from seeming paradises to the depths of natural hell.

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Our task is to transmute the base words of daily intercourse into a language which is not of this world, which is subj ect neither to the useful nor the pleasant. Our forebears spoke and sang but many refrained from writing. They bel ieved that writing was something they did afterwards to record the poems they had created or to preserve the general themes and stories on which they improvised. And so a mere skeleton was all that survived of their ephemeral work. But we, on the other hand , do not speak : we write.

When all the data charts are in, I feed them into the ma­ chine I have here. " ( He pointed to something a little way above his cerebellum, which looked like those penny-in-a-slot machines you used to find in taverns before 1 937. ) 57 "This apparatus marks the resultant of all the curves obtained. " I did not wish to hear another word for my head was aching. I could not see that there was any crucial difference between the two types of Pwatts. Both entrusted to extraneous processes the business of thinking for them.

As I left the house, I told him : "That chap's not ill at al l ! " "They all say that," he answered ; then after a moment's thought, he added : "but ill or not, only you can tell . And if he is ill, only you can cure him . " This was n o mean task. Yet I took it upon myself. Ever since, Aham Egomet and I have been corresponding as regularly as postal services permit. Sometimes, we even see each other. He tells me what is happening down there, and I on my side do everything I can by way of advice to keep him safe from contamination.

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