A Night of Serious Drinking

By Rene Daumal; David Coward (Translator); Edwin A. Lovatt (Translator)
(Overlook Press, Paperback, 9781585673995, 121pp.)

Publication Date: March 2003

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"A Night of Serious Drinking" is among Ren? Daumal's most important literary works. It is a work of symbolic fiction that can be enjoyed purely as an entertaining and imaginative story, but also for the much deeper meaning enwoven into its deceptively simple plot: An unnamed narrator spends an evening getting drunk with a group of friends. As the party becomes totally intoxicated and exuberant, the narrator embarks on a journey that ranges from seeming paradises to the depths of pure hell.
Daumal's keen perceptions of the human condition infuse "A Night of Serious Drinking" with a critique of culture and consciousness that is both disquieting and enlivening.
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