Harar’s Most Famous Resident

Harar’s Most Famous Resident
“The Sun, the hearth of affection and life, pours burning love on the delighted earth.”     – Arthur Rimbaud   On this date on November 10th, 1891. France lost one of its greatest writers and poets, Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud. …

The Harar lost its most famous resident. Rimbaud, born on October 20, 1854, rose to extreme fame as a teen writer and poet. Regarded as “an infant Shakespeare” by Victor Hugo, Rimbaud gave up writing at age 21 and would seek adventure and fortunate abroad, eventually settling in Ethiopia. where he resided. It would be in Harar where he would live out the last eleven years of his life employed in the import / export business in coffee and firearms.   At age 37, Rimbaud fell ill to cancer and returned quickly to France where he shortly after ward died on this date.   Today his legacy can still be admired in Harar where his House is among the many destinations indicated in Harar tourism brochures.   (Photo: A self protrait of Rimbaud in Harar in 1883)

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