delirium: the rimbaud delusion

Review of ‘Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion’

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Andrea Mann is disenchanted with life and love. She is also enthralled by the poet Arthur Rimbaud, and in particular the lost manuscript of his poem, La Chasse Spirituelle. So, when she finds herself at his grave at Charleville-Mezieres, where she meets a strange young man who claims to be the reincarnation of Rimbaud, she begins her own spiritual chase.

Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion by Barbara Scott Emmett is the story of Andrea’s quest, and at the same time, a parallel story of Rimbaud’s affair with the flamboyant poet Paul Verlaine, and the history of the missing manuscript. The author skillfully weaves the diverse narratives across a great span of time, from the first person point of view of the actors involved in the creation of La Chasse Spirituelle.

Filled with mystery and pathos, this is a literary masterpiece. Five Stars!!!