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Rene Daumal Biography
René Daumal (1908 - 1944) was a French surrealist writer, philosopher and poet, born on March 16, 1908 in Boulzicourt, Ardennes, France.

In his late teens his avant-garde poetry was published in France's leading journals, and in his early twenties, as a counter to Surrealism and Dadaism, he founded a literary journal, "Le Grand Jeu". He is best known for two novels A Night of Serious Drinking and the truly bizarre Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing both based upon his friendship with Alexander de Salzmann, a pupil of G. I. Gurdjieff.

Daumal's premature death of tuberculosis on May 21, 1944 in Paris, France was in all probability hastened by youthful experiments with a heady cocktail of drugs and psycho-active chemicals, the principal culprit amongst these no doubt being carbon tetrachloride.
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