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By Ariane Charton

'Un poète peut parler de lui, de ses amis, des vins qu’il boit, de l. a. maîtresse qu’il a ou qu’il voudrait avoir, du temps qu’il fait, des morts et des vivants, des sages et des fous : mais il ne doit pas faire de politique.'

Enfant negative du romantisme, Alfred de Musset (1810-1857) fut considéré de son vivant comme un météore qui n’avait jamais donné l. a. pleine mesure de son expertise. On ne voulait voir en lui qu’un auteur de comédies charmantes, de contes légers et de poèmes lyriques. l. a. Confession d’un enfant du siècle fut publiée dans une sorte d’indifférence : il ne chercha jamais à dissiper ces malentendus. Observateur désabusé d’une époque qui l’ennuie, il est pourtant celui qui dit le mieux le désenchantement de sa génération. Trop souvent réduit à sa réputation d’écrivain sentimental et à sa liaison avec George Sand, Musset est notre contemporain : parce qu’il position sa vie et son œuvre sous le signe de los angeles modernité et de los angeles liberté individuelle.

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3* XXIII N ow hear the challenges of the Christ of Elqui: raise your hands if you think you’re brave enough if there’s anybody who dares to drink a cup of holy water if anybody has the guts to take communion without confession if there’s anybody brave enough to smoke a cigarette on his knees chickens! spineless yellowbellies! I’ll bet not one o f you has the guts to yank a page out of the Holy Bible when you run out o f toilet paper See? See? I’ll bet nobody would dare to go up and spit on the Chilean flag you’d have to spit on my dead body first and I’ll bet my head that nobody would laugh the w ay I would while being tortured by the Philistines.

X After my poor mother gave up the ghost I made a firm resolution not to let myself be overcome with anger to answer insolence with kindness sarcasm with Christian sweetness arrogance with the humility of a ewe no matter how extreme the provocation although I confess I was sometimes at the point of rebellion against the Creator for such outrageous injustice as he allows. 19 XI Un agregado de ultima hora: tan pronto como se me aparecio el Senor tome un lapiz y una maquina de escribir y me puse a redactar mis predicas en el mejor castellano posible no sin antes haberme retirado al desierto por un lapso de 7 anos consecutivos claro que sin la menor vanidad a pesar de que soy un analfabeto nunca pise la puerta de una escuela mi papa fue mas pobre que la rata por no decir otra cosa peor Distinguidos lectores: en estos momentos os estoy escribiendo en una enorme maquina de escribir desde el escritorio de una casa particular eso si que ya no vestido de Cristo sino que de ciudadano vulgar y corriente y les pido con gran humildad leanme con un poquito de carino yo soy un hombre sediendo de amor y muchas gracias por la atencion dispensada.

18 I IX N ow that I’ve told my secret I’d like to take my leave of all of you with a hearty hug and handshake all around being in total harmony with myself now that I’ve successfully brought to a close the mission the Lord commended unto me when he appeared to me in dreams 22 miserable years ago I swear I bear no malice to anyone not even those who cast doubts on my manhood let it be known to those reverent gentlemen that I’m every inch a man completely normal begging pardon for speaking in vulgar terms because this is the language of the people.

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