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Arcanum 17 (Green Integer) Paperback – 1 Jul 2004

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Green Integer (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931243271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931243278
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 957,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FrankBeynon on 8 April 2013
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Breton's writing is neglected nowadays and when people think of Surrealism they, sadly, think of the art before the writing, philosophy, and theory.

This elegant piece from Breton's Quebec trip has impressive feminist and spiritual themes. It references the Tarot which was a fascination for Breton especially during his time in Marseilles in 1940.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Love evolves as it endures... 14 Feb. 2001
By Kevin F. Dolan - Published on
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Here is Breton exploring landscapes that remind him of where he is in relation to humanity and all that is dear to him. He has left a 'failed' relationship behind in Paris, and begins a final chapter in 'Surrealist Imagery' with a new found love in Canada. The underlying heartbeat of this book is the will to endure the ectstatic highs and lows that create the emotion-memories and presence of love. There is a treasure in this book, perhaps even a gift; no one word can explain the gift--which is much like a powerful monolith the size of a needle's eye. To be more precise though, I recognized a sort of strategy in this book: Love is infinite; it does not end with the loss of a beloved; through the mind, one can relate to the particle-images of one's memory and consistantly love people who were loved in the past (who have passed beyond presence), extending and introducing a past that was both beautiful and disastrous to a presence that becomes more vivid, more intricate, more loving with each connection made to the memories of persons who shared time and created space like children on a familiar playground.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fleeting, ephemeral beauty 19 July 2010
By J. Edgar Mihelic - Published on
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Neither wholly poem or narrative or argument, this slight volume sits in your hand and is an aesthetic beauty. The language is a pleasure, and we should thank both Breton and his translator for this work. It is part dream, part reality as the rock crumbles and we face our own impermanence. It is not Nadja, but something different.

My thought while I read was this: "Reading for a glint in the darkness, you find something beautiful, but even with it in your hands, you cannot tell anyone what it is or not as a deficit of your descriptive powers but because there is nothing you can describe it with." A thing of fleeting and ephemeral beauty you have to hold.
Provides insight into the mind and thinking of Andre Breton, in his own words. 15 May 2015
By Lee-Anne Raymond - Published on
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A humanist love poem, an ode, and song of sorrow. I'm glad to have seen this side of Breton. The forward and introduction are beneficial in augmenting what the Surrealist reader may already know of Breton. I found it provided insight. In Breton’s own words you discover there is evidence of a life lived and a depth of experience coming through in the prose. Much has been written of Breton’s ideas of women - polar are the views of some authors. Arcanum 17 is evidence it serves the reader well to address the works of Breton and view them and him in the context of his times. The guile of a youthful reliance on a mythical woman, an ideal, remains present but is mostly replaced with, at the time Breton wrote Arcanum 17, the dawning of a respectful realists impression on gender equality. His imagination literally takes flight when conveying the potency of a world governed on feminist principles (essentially that masculinity has failed). It remains an idealistic entreaty then or to modern contemporary ears but it is genuine and somewhat justified. With the caveat of above not withstanding we must remember that Breton will remain a product of his time. However, as the translator notes, with characteristic originality of thinking the Breton of Arcanum 17 emerges as above all a humanist. In it Breton implores an insane world to see what he sees. It is as well a reflection of a life, his life, and a declaration of personal and intellectual growth.
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