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Communicating Vessels

Communicating Vessels( )
Author: Breton, André
Breton, André
Introduction by: Caws, Mary Ann
Translator: Caws, Mary Ann
Harris, Geoffrey T.
Series title:French Modernist Library
ISBN:978-0-8032-1218-3
Publication Date:Dec 1990
Publisher:University of Nebraska Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $15.95
Book Description:

What Freud did for dreams, André Breton (1896-1966) does for despair: in its distortions he finds the marvelous, and through the marvelous the redemptive force of imagination. Originally published in 1932 in France, Les Vases communicants is an effort to show how the discoveries and techniques of surrealism could lead to recovery from despondency. This English translation makes available "the theories upon which the whole edifice of surrealism, as Breton conceived it, is...
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Book Details
Pages:161
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / European / French
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):4 x 9 x 0.8 Inches
Book Weight:0.625 Pounds
Author Biography
Breton, André (Author)
Andre Breton was born in Normandy, France on 19, 1896 and died on September 28, 1966. Breton was a poet, novelist, philosophical essayist, and art critic. He is considered to be the father of surrealism. From World War I to the 1940s, Breton was at the forefront of the numerous avant-garde activities that centered in Paris.

Breton's influence on the art and literature of the twentieth century has been enormous. Picasso, Derain, Magritte, Giacometti, Cocteau, Eluard, and Gracq are among the many whose work was affected by his thinking. From 1927 to 1933, Breton was a member of the Communist party, but thereafter he opposed communism.

His writings include the first Surrealist Manifesto (Manifeste du surréalisme) of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as "pure psychic automatism". He also wrote Nadja in 1928. Breton died in 1966 at 70 and was buried in the Cimetière des Batignolles in Paris.

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