Hebdomeros: With Monsieur Dudron's Adventure and Other Metaphysical Writings

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Exact Change, Jan 1, 1992 - Fiction - 258 pages
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The artist Giorgio de Chirico's novel, Hebdomerosis a dream-like book of situations and landscapes reminiscent of his paintings. In his introduction John Ashbery calls the book "the finest work of Surrealist fiction," noting that de Chirico "invented for the occasion a new style and a new kind of novel... his long run-on sentences, stitched together with semi-colons, allow a cinematic freedom of narration... his language, like his painting, is invisible: a transparent but dense medium containing objects that are more real than reality." Hebdomerosis accompanied by an appendix of previously untranslated or uncollected writings, including M. Dudron's Adventure, a second, fragmentary novel translated by John Ashbery.

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Review: Hebdomeros: With Monsieur Dudron's Adventure and Other Metaphysical Writings

User Review  - Petr - Goodreads

I have read a lot of strange books and liked them. This one I could not finish. Incoherent, plot-less, pompous and boring. I like books where nothing happens, but this simply lacked the required atmosphere. Read full review

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User Review  - Deanne - Goodreads

Not really into surrealism, however the inclusion of some of de Chirico's paintings add to the imagery of his writing. His descriptions of the places and people whom Hebdomeros comes into contact with are vivid, and it becomes obvious that his first love was art, de Chirico only wrote the one book. Read full review


Monsieur Dudrons Adventure 1939
Manuscript from the Collection of Paul Eluard
Manuscript from the Collection of Jean Paulhan

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John Ashbery was born on July 28, 1927 in Rochester, New York. He was educated at Harvard and Columbia universities and studied in Europe on a Fulbright Scholarship. Initially wishing to be a painter, then a musician, he has had a variety of careers including reference librarian and art critic. In the early 1950s, he was a copywriter with Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill. His collection of poems, Turandot and other Poems, published in 1953, established his reputation as one of the leading American poets of his generation. Ashbery feels strongly influenced by film and other art forms. The abstract expressionist movement in art had a profound effect on his writing style. Frequently termed a philosophical poet, Ashbery's poems often deal with the mind and the connection of the reader. Ashbery has published several volumes of poetry, including Houseboat Days and Flow Chart. Highly regarded by critics, he received a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976, all for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. He received the Ambassador Book Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. In 2011, he won the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He also writes under the pseudonym Jonas Berry.

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