'It is not, I should warn you, a very easy book to get into. But once you accept its idiosyncrasies you will find yourself in an unsettling world, one that is very familiar and yet capable of leaping out at you in the most unexpected way. It's a testament to originality, to defiance of convention, a revolt against sentimentality, and if you've ever used the term "black humour" yourself, or expressed a liking for it, then you really ought to have this on your bookshelf.' --Nicholas Lezard , the Guardian
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About the Author
(1896-1966), the founder and principal theorist of the Surrealist movement, is one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. His best-known works in English translation include Nadja, Mad Love, The Manifestoes of Surrealism, The Magnetic Fields (with Philippe Soupault) and Earthlight.
About the translator: Mark Polizzotti is the author of Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton.