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 gaggle of friends.; because the social gathering turns into intoxicated and exuberant, the narrator embarks on a trip that levels from seeming paradises to the depths of natural hell. the glorious international depicted in an evening of great ingesting is really the standard international became the other way up. The characters are referred to as the Anthographers, Fabricators of dead items, Scienters, Nibblists, Clarificators, and different absurd titles. but the population of those unusual geographical regions are just too commonly used: scientists dissecting an animal of their laboratory, a sensible guy surrounded by way of 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 which means and freedom.

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W e shall behold mothers who distill their children and extract un­ mentionable liquors from them. This will last for seven years. 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.

18 We made our way u p to the office of another eminent Pwatt who belonged to what was called, for reasons unknown to me, the "ac­ tive" type. He was tall, bony, and dark-skinned and wore an air of distinction : he was careful of his appearance, and the same care was apparent from the manner in which he had arranged his writing materials on his ebony table. He drank a mouthful of iced water from a crystal glass and sai d : "Inspiration, gentlemen, i s n o more than a passing fit o f madness. " ( Reason?

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 ! ' and each god will answer: 'Give me back my sun ! ' but there shall be neither suns nor vines nor any manner of living in harmony the one with the other. "Suns and vines, these we still have. But without thirst, no one makes wine. When no one makes wine, vines are not grown. When vines are not grown, the suns move away : they have better things 25 to do than to warm lands which have not drinkers, and they shall say unto one another : 'Come!

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