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October 22, 2012

Rimbaud, Africa

Filed under: Today in Literature — Tags: , , — Bookblurb @ 6:06 am

Arthur Rimbaud (1854 – 1891)

On this day in 1885 Arthur Rimbaud wrote to his mother that he had decided to give up his more sedate job as a coffee-trader in Ethiopia, so beginning the last phase of his wild, infamous and short life: “… Several thousand rifles are on their way to me from Europe. I am going to set up a caravan, and carry this merchandise to Menelik, the king of Shoa….”

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