- Publisher: Calder Publications Ltd; New edition edition (July 2000)
- ISBN-10: 0714535206
- ISBN-13: 978-0714535203
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,279,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Now, I didn't find this a `surrealist' novel at all (I'm no literary expert or art critic) but it had no drama, colour, alternative perspectives or parallels - to be clear I wasn't expecting nonsense or some random thoughts but I hoped for a tale out of the ordinary - a Dali with words perhaps: it is not that sort of book. This is a book about an author trying to produce a new style of writing based on what was clearly a challenging relationship (a week of being 'in love') with the real Nadja. My problem and perhaps your problem if you have high expectations based on the 5 star reviews saying it is the `best example of' is that ultimately the style just comes across as plain poor and disconnected. I have never read a story where I felt I needed to re-read the previous sentence then decide I needed to go back to the previous then some more and so on;- it's not that it's difficult or thought-provoking, it's just disorganised and confusing. The story hidden within the soup of text isn't that good either.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it was written in French and this was not indicated when I bought itPublished on 24 Oct. 2014 by david h dicken
Was looking for this book in English and it arrived in French so don't know what went wrong, I presumed it was in English because of the product description and listing and reviews... Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2014 by D. Schofield