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Penguin, 1999 - Imaginary companions - 160 pages
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Nadja, Andre Breton's most frankly autobiographical book, is the quintessential Surrealist romance. With its blend of intimate confession and sense of the marvellous, Nadja weaves a mysterious and compelling tapestry of daily life as seen through a uniquely magical perspective. The core of Nadja is Breton's complex relationship with an unpredictable and unconventional young woman, 'the extreme limit of the Surrealist aspiration'. Combining autobiographical fact with memory and imagination, Breton spins one of the most unusual love stories in modern literature and illustrates the notion of 'petrifying coincidence', a cornerstone of Surrealist thought. First published in 1928, Nadja has long been regarded as the most important and influential work to emerge from Surrealism. This edition features Richard Howard's masterful translation and a new introduction by Breton biographer Mark Polizzotti that details the circumstances of the book's composition.

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User Review  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

Nadja is Andre Breton’s second book, originally published in 1928 and is apparently the first surrealist romance novel. Breton, the founder of surrealism, seems to have based some of the story on a ... Read full review

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User Review  - sushicat - LibraryThing

Somewhere inside this rambling recounting is an encounter between the author and a woman whose spirit is free to the point of being labeled crazy. There are some interesting musings in there, but overall it is just plain confusing. Read full review


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About the author (1999)

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.

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