Andre Breton: Selections / Edition 1

Andre Breton: Selections / Edition 1

by Andre Breton, P. G. Drazin
     
 


"This is a kind of "essence of Breton", variously translated by some of our finest writers, each of whom highlights different facets of Breton's complex work. Mark Polizzotti's useful introduction provides context and a brief analysis of the artist and his times."—Diane di Prima, author of Recollections of My Life as a Woman

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"This is a kind of "essence of Breton", variously translated by some of our finest writers, each of whom highlights different facets of Breton's complex work. Mark Polizzotti's useful introduction provides context and a brief analysis of the artist and his times."—Diane di Prima, author of Recollections of My Life as a Woman

"Mark Polizzotti, who is a poet, a translator, and the author of the definitive biography of André Breton, has chosen stellar translations of Breton's dazzling poetry and placed it in its lively context. This shapely introduction to the life and work of André Breton is smart, concise, and exciting. I cannot imagine a better one."—Ron Padgett, poet and translator of The Complete Poems of Blaise Cendrars

"The Poets for the Millennium Series generally and André Breton's Selected Works specifically offers a workable image of an author and the work and the conjuncture, all at once. What comes across is a vivid presentation of Andre Breton not just as an art czar, a manifesto merchant, but a serious, haunted, inventive and strangely profound poet of the imagination, who invented or archeologized new ways of dreaming, but insisted on bearing witness with them in the actual world. Polizzotti does justice--as I think no other writer has--to the double burden of Breton's work."—Robert Kelly

"A superbly chosen selection of Breton's poetry and prose, translated in every case with an elegant intelligence, and preceded by an unusually thorough introduction showing quite exactly how the poet's life informed each epoch of his work. It proves again the remarkable un-boringness of Breton, and how important he is now to our own poetry and to us.—Mary Ann Caws, author of The Surrealist Look: An Erotics of Encounter and editor of The Surrealist Painters and Poets

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520239548
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Series:
Poets for the Millennium Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Polizzotti is the author of Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton (1995), Lautréamont Nomad (1994), The New Life: Poems (1998), and S: a novel (1997). He has translated the work of André Breton, René Daumal, Jean Echenoz, and Marguerite Duras, among others.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Phrases Knocking at the Window1
Key to Translators45
Merry49
Way50
Age52
Black Forest53
For Lafcadio54
Mister V55
The Mystery Corset57
From The Magnetic Fields58
Counterfeit Coin61
PSST63
No Way Out of Here65
In the Eyes of the gods67
Choose Life69
Sunflower71
Angle of Sigh73
From Soluble Fish76
Make it so daylight...78
I Listen to Myself Still Talking80
The Writings Depart81
The Forest in the Axe83
No Grounds for Prosecution85
After the Giant Anteater87
Free Union89
Curtain Curtain92
Vigilance94
A Branch of Nettle Enters through the Window96
Lethal Relief98
In the lovely half-light of 1934...100
It was going on five in the morning...102
Always for the first time...104
Full Margn106
From Fata Morgana111
War116
Dreams118
Korwar119
Rano Raraku120
On the Road to San Romano (version 1)121
On the Road to San Romano (version 2)124
Le La126
Subject129
The New Spirit132
From The Disdainful Confession134
Three Dreams140
From Manifesto of Surrealism143
Burial Denied151
From Second Manifesto of Surrealism152
Simulation of General Paralysis Essayed158
From The Automatic Message161
Chronology165
Acknowledgments168
Selected Bibliography173

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