Inhabitants of the Abyss
Antonio Pizza, Ediciones Asimetricas, November 2017
DATE: 27/11/2017
"Charles Baudelaire, indisputable bard of nineteenth-century artistic modernity, stricken by a life of deprivation, torment and physical and existential maladjustment, dies on August 31, 1867. Among his many works (poetry, prose, literary and artistic criticism, journalism) there are many contributions in which central themes of 19th century culture stand out. And if ´modernity´ becomes, in the same definitions of the author, an ambiguous territory and not subject to categorical attributions, it can be considered the ´city´ - and more specifically Paris, the great capital of the second half of the 19th century - as one of its most striking and contradictory manifestations. A city that in those years is changing radically, due to the process of urban reforms put in place by the team of Baron Haussmann, from 1853. In fact, Baudelaire will try to be placed both ´inside´ and ´outside´ of this new metropolis, aspiring to an impossible suture between the libertarian aspirations of the subjective and the constrictions of the contemporary objective. A coexistence between extremes that, in your case, will turn out to be deeply conflictive and heartbreaking; an incessant collision that will permeate both the biography and the artistic work of this author. Baudelaire and Paris form a whole; and it is not simply the active meddling of urban issues in the crucible of creation, but the relevance of an intricate correspondence between the two areas: on the one hand, the desperate urban agglomeration of the present and, on the other, its inescapable artistic transfiguration."

From the publisher, translated from Spanish