Dear Mr Director

 

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Dear Mr Director,

I’m writing to ask if I owe you anything.

I want to change services today.

I’m not sure of the name, but whatever service it is, I want the one to Aphinar.

There are services to here there and everywhere, but I cannot find the one I want, because I am bedridden and depressed, as the first dog in the street could tell you.

Can you please send me the timetable and prices of all services from Aphinar to Suez?

As I am totally paralysed I’ll need plenty of time to embark.

Please let me know at what time I can be lifted aboard.

 

Arthur Rimbaud

(Dictated by Rimbaud to his sister on his deathbed, Marseilles, 1891).

Translation: Niall McDevitt

Image: Hervé Constant

 

 

UN LOT : UNE DENT SEULE.
UN LOT : DEUX DENTS.
UN LOT : TROIS DENTS.
UN LOT : QUATRE DENTS.
UN LOT : DEUX DENTS.
 
Monsieur le Directeur,
 
Je viens vous demander si je n’ai rien laissé à votre compte. Je désire changer aujourd’hui de ce service-ci, dont je ne connais même pas le nom, mais en tout cas que ce soit le service d’Aphinar. Tous ces services sont là partout, et moi, impotent, malheureux, je ne peux rien trouver, le premier chien dans la rue vous dira cela.
 
Envoyez-moi donc le prix des services d’Aphinar à Suez. Je suis complètement paralysé: donc je désire me trouver de bonne heure à bord. Dites-moi à quelle heure je dois être transporté à bord. 

 

 

 

 


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2 Responses to Dear Mr Director

  1. bill sherman says:

    yes, … but, well…one can’t exactly “like” this…..

  2. theed says:

    You could like the translation or like the painting… I love the letter. He’s probably out of it once again – on opiates – and his final utterance is a mystical poem to the godlike M le Directeur. His last breath returns him to poetry.

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