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Sun & Moon Press, 1996 - Fiction - 169 pages
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Babylon is a landmark of Surrealist literature, an enduring achievement of one of its leading figures, Rene Crevel. Crevel explores the private worlds of children and their sexual imaginations in this important novel, now republished in the prestigious Sun & Moon Classics.
A free-spirited young girl witnesses her father elope with a beautiful English cousin, the chambermaid run off with and then kill the gardener, her grandmother seduce her mother's new fiance, and her mother finally accept an arranged marriage with the bizarre Mac-Louf, darling of the Society for Protection by Rational Experience.

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Crevel, RenA[aČA (1900-35). French Surrealist who initiated experiments with hypnotic sleep. His greatest contribution to the movement, however, was to demonstrate that Surrealism and the novel could be reconciled. Whether texts such as DA[aČAtours (1924), La Mort difficile (1926), Babylone (1927), Etes-vous fous? (1929), and Les Pieds dans le plat (1933) are called romans' or fictions', the role of language itself in their elaboration is arguably the key element. Mon corps et moi (1925) is a confessional monologue and L'Esprit contre la raison (1927) is his Surrealist manifesto. For him, suicide, an obsessive theme in a number of his works, was the ultimate solution.

Robert McAlmon was essayist, poet, and fiction writer, as well as an influential publisher. His Contact Publishing Company published, among others, William Carlos Williams, Mina Loy, Ernest Hemingway, H.D., and Gertrude Stein. Kay Boyle was an award-winning writer of novels, short stories, poetry, children's books, memoirs, nonfiction, and translations.

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