sábado, 6 de julho de 2013

Cyril Connolly - O Prisioneiro

Citado de O Túmulo Inquieto, 1944

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  1. The Unquiet Grave is a literary work by Cyril Connolly written in 1944 under the pseudonym Palinurus. It comprises a collection of aphorisms, quotes, nostalgic musings and mental explorations.

    Palinurus was the pilot of Aeneas's ship in the Aenead who fell overboard as an act of atonement for the angry gods, and whose spirit wandered in the underworld. Connolly uses the theme to explore his feelings and review his situation as he approaches the age of forty presenting a very pessimistic and self-deprecating account. Into this he brings quotes from some of his favourite authors Blaise Pascal, Thomas de Quincy, Nicolas Chamfort and Flaubert as well as snatches from Buddha, Chinese philosophy and Freud. The title The Unquiet Grave is taken from an English folk song of the same name.

    The twelvemonth and a day being up,
    The dead began to speak
    "Oh who sits weeping on my grave,
    And will not let me sleep"?-

    The book is in four parts entitled Ecce Gubernator ("Here is the pilot"), Te Palinure Petens ("Looking for you, Palinurus") and La Clé des Chants ("The key of songs") and Who was Palinurus. The first two contain similar sets of musing, while the third contains more recollections with veiled references to Connolly's life in France. The last gives an account Palinurus's history.