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Martinique

Snake Charmer

Martinique( )
Author: Breton, André
Illustrator: Masson, André
Introduction by: Rosemont, Franklin
Translator: Seaman, David
Series title:Surrealist Revolution Ser.
ISBN:978-0-292-71765-7
Publication Date:Jun 2008
Publisher:University of Texas Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $19.95
Book Description:

In 1941, as the Vichy regime consolidated its control of France, André Breton left the country for the island of Martinique. A poet and the principal founder of surrealism, Breton did not stay long, but his visit inspired the essays and poems of this book. Martinique: Snake Charmer is one of surrealism's most important texts, and it has been called "the most beautiful of all books" about the island. (Martinique: Snake Charmer also includes nine evocative drawings by the surrealist...
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Book Details
Pages:128
Detailed Subjects: Art / History / Modern (Late 19Th Century To 1945)
Travel / Caribbean & West Indies
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.5 x 8.5 x 0.65 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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