A Night of Serious Drinking by René Daumal

By René Daumal

An evening of significant 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 inebriated with a bunch of friends.; because the occasion turns into intoxicated and exuberant, the narrator embarks on a trip that levels from seeming paradises to the depths of natural hell. the wonderful global depicted in an evening of great ingesting is absolutely the standard global grew to become the other 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 nation-states are just too usual: scientists dissecting an animal of their laboratory, a sensible guy surrounded through his devotees, politicians, poets expounding their rhetoric. those characters practice hilarious antics and highbrow video games, which they see as severe makes an attempt to discover that means and freedom.

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I stand in front of my canvas [which he was ] , I look at my apple or cloud, pick up my brush, I select a scarlet [which he did] , fling some j ust there [he almost poked a hole through the canvas] , and I exult [he exulted visibly] . I look at my scarlet and then at my courgette for seaperch, I select a green, bung it j ust there [and he laid about him for all he was worth] , and I exult [ here, he exulted again] . . " "Yes, fine, thank you, stout fellow, we'll leave you to your fun, " said m y guide moving t o a third man who was small and squat with ginger hair who gave this reply to the question : "To claim to imitate nature is first vulgar and second sacrilegious ; but most of all it is to attempt the impossible.

Let us live henceforth for ourselves. " muttered the audience. " confessed the audience. "Since you do, let us to the vines ! But if that is what you want, you must set out like me, renouncing all worldly goods and taking only the bare necessities. Let he who thirsts follow me ! " A t this, there was a deafening hubbub with everybody busy pack­ ing the bare necessities. First to set off-but which way did they go? this I was to find out only some time later-were those who took j ust a toothbrush.

Dur­ ing the next seven years, we shall drink blood. First, the blood of corpses for the space of one year. Next, the blood of the sick for the space of two years. Then, each of us will drink his own blood for the space of four years. During the next seven years, we shall drink nothing but tears, and, to quench their thirst, children will invent machines for making their parents weep. And it shall come to pass that there will be nothing left to drink, and each man will cry out to his god : 'Give me back my vines !

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