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Poems of Andre Breton: A Bilingual Anthology [Paperback]

Andre Breton

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25 Aug 2006
Andre Breton (1896-1966) was the founder of Surrealism and a major leader of the avante-garde movement in France following World War I. This exceptional volume brings together the most comprehensive selection of poems by Breton available in the English language. Here, in a bilingual French-English format are 73 poems representing all styles and stages of the writer's career.

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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Black Widow Press (25 Aug 2006)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0976844923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976844921
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 596,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nearly perfect... a boon to American students of surrealism and of poetry as well...--Serge Gavronsky

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Translator Jean-Pierre Cauvin is Professor of French at the University of Texas at Austin. He has written several books and numerous articles on topics including French poetry to Surrealism. Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at The City University of New York. She is the author, translator, and editor of numerous books on the major figures of Surrealism, including Andre Breton. Authors reside in Austin, TX and New York City.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good edition of Andre Breton 3 April 2014
By Greg Converse - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never before seen a bilingual anthology of Andre Breton's poems. I was excited to see it available. I have looked through it and look forward to reading it. Thank you.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 6 May 2013
By Anthony Boetger - Published on Amazon.com
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English and French texts, a must have for anyone who enjoys surrealist poetry. You can really see the how this type of poetry attributes to the imagery of surrealist artwork.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stream of consciousness and the pure pleasure of words 9 Mar 2001
By Guillermo Maynez - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of these poems are purely surrealistic, and some others include political and social statements or hints, the "Ode to Fourier" being the most important of these ones. Charles Fourier, a Frenchman from the XIX century, was the creator of "Utopic socialism", which viewed Socialism's mission as the building of a completely new civilization, and not the reform of the existing ones. Breton and most of the Surrealistic movement were politically opinionated, and supporters of Communist parties and Communism in general (although they never lived in a Communist society; much on the contrary, they enjoyed very much the advantages and comfort of the West, always indulgent with its hypocritical intellectuals).
But, beyond his political opinions, Breton was an extremely important poet and, I would say, a very enjoyable one. That is, if you enjoy poetry for the sake of poetry. In his purely poetical poems, you won't find clear or straightforward messages: it's just the flow of thought and feeling being automatically translated into the paper. The best ones are: "Fata Morgana", "Pleine Marge", "Les Etats Generales", and "Oubliés". These poems are not easy to read, but they are extremely creative in the best sense of the term. Onirical images, impossible, absurd, with passages and sentences of an incredible and totally unexpected beauty. I think that the best form to read them is to indulge in the wording and following it right through the end. You may reread later to better appreciate the images.
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