Aloysius Bertrand

Aloysius Bertrand Louis- Jacques- Napoléon actually Bertrand ( born April 20, 1807 in Ceva, Piedmont, Italy, † April 29, 1841 in Dijon ), was a French poet.

Life and work

With Gaspard de la nuit ( published posthumously in 1842 ), he led the prose poem into French literature. The book was a source of inspiration for the symbolist poets. Long unknown, it was discovered by Charles Baudelaire and Stéphane Mallarmé, is now regarded as classics of the poetic and fantastic literature and found significant musical precipitation in Ravel's piano piece of the same name.


  • Aloysius Bertrand, Gaspard de la Nuit. From the French by Jürgen Buchmann. With an essay by the translator. Leipzig 2011