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Nadja Hardcover – Jul 2000


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Calder Publications Ltd; New edition edition (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714535206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714535203
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,799,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andre Breton, poet and writer, was the founder of the Surrealist movement in France, and is remembered as being its heart and soul. He died in 1966.

Mark Polizzotti is a writer and translator, and also works in an editorial capacity for David Godine Publishers in the US.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Who am I? If this once I were to rely on a proverb, then perhaps everything would amount to knowing whom I "haunt." Read the first page
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By stephen p brockbank on 5 Dec 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most important and underead books of the century. Standing alongside Joyce, Aragon and Durrell as a writer of place Breton writes of a Paris that is anti-monumental and anti-romantic by turns. This is not a gentle read. The relationship between the narrator and Najda leaves you stranded amoungst the disenchantment that is typical of surrealism, as opposed to the romanticism of popular-surrealism, whilst she ends up broken in an insane asylum he marvels at the surrealists survival. She 'lacked an instinct of self presevation...'
enjoy.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Lawrence on 19 Jun 2007
Format: Paperback
Books such as this, overflowing with ambiguity, should be approached two ways:

The first is with an open mind, at which in this instance, you are (providing Breton's rambling 60 page introduction doesn't bore you off) inevitably about to fall head over heels for the unusual, multi-faceted character; `Nadja'!

Yet what Nadja is; her identity, although alluring, is the voice in the back of our heads, that we silence each day that we participate in everyday life. She is the character that would not conform, freedom in purest essence, the presence that will leave shadows upon the lives of each person she meets, until inescapably stripped of her character by the ignorant minds who misinterpret her.

The second is, like I, to enter this auto-biographical account of Breton's genius with a question, which instead of reading in between the lines, you will undoubtedly find yourself falling into great crevices of self, where journeys seem to flow like underground rivers.

I recommend this book to anyone who is either looking for a good read, or seeking answers to the deepest journeys of identity and the world.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you've ever read Breton's excellent surrealist poetry I would say stick with that rather than read this. Less surrealist than you might suppose Nadja reads like the kind of philosophical narrative as exemplified by Calvino's "If on a winter's night a traveller", except even more annoying and difficult to absorb. A philosphical narrative as this is, it fudges things by neither being properly philosophy nor on the other hand being a real story. for pseuds only
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Fascinating, stream-of-consciousness narrative, with Nadja not appearing until page 64. Loved it and will re-read.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Dec 1997
Format: Paperback
Nadja is one of Breton's best works in the way that it portrays the male/female relationship within the surrealist movement. Nadja is both a source of entertainment and enlightenment for Breton, though I saw her more as another way of objectifying the female figure in surrealist work. I loved the description and concentration on Nadja's character. On the other hand, the first several chapters of the book are almost cumbersome to all who want to get into the 'meat' of the text (I found them interesting, but some of my colleagues didn't). One thing that I must say about this work is that I don't believe that it functions as a love story, though many people that review the text feel that it does. Instead, I see it more as an interesting snapshot of relationship issues (in a surreal light) but not necessarily love issues. Another masterful work by the leader of surrealism.
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