Andre Breton: Selections / Edition 1

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Founder of the Surrealist movement, Andre Breton has also come to be recognized as one of the twentieth century's most innovative and influential poets. The inaugural volume in the Poets for the Millennium series, Andre Breton offers the most comprehensive selection available in English of Breton's poetry, along with a selection of his major prose writings. The translations, a number of which are published here for the first time, are by some of the most notable poets in our language, including David Antin, Paul Auster, Samuel Beckett, Michael Benedikt, Robert Duncan, David Gascoyne, and Charles Simic. This volume also includes an extensive biographical and thematic introduction by Mark Polizzotti, which sets the poems in the context of Breton's life and overall career.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520239548
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Poets for the Millennium Series, #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Phrases Knocking at the Window 1
Key to Translators 45
Merry 49
Way 50
Age 52
Black Forest 53
For Lafcadio 54
Mister V 55
The Mystery Corset 57
From The Magnetic Fields 58
Counterfeit Coin 61
No Way Out of Here 65
In the Eyes of the gods 67
Choose Life 69
Sunflower 71
Angle of Sigh 73
From Soluble Fish 76
Make it so daylight... 78
I Listen to Myself Still Talking 80
The Writings Depart 81
The Forest in the Axe 83
No Grounds for Prosecution 85
After the Giant Anteater 87
Free Union 89
Curtain Curtain 92
Vigilance 94
A Branch of Nettle Enters through the Window 96
Lethal Relief 98
In the lovely half-light of 1934... 100
It was going on five in the morning... 102
Always for the first time... 104
Full Margn 106
From Fata Morgana 111
War 116
Dreams 118
Korwar 119
Rano Raraku 120
On the Road to San Romano (version 1) 121
On the Road to San Romano (version 2) 124
Le La 126
Subject 129
The New Spirit 132
From The Disdainful Confession 134
Three Dreams 140
From Manifesto of Surrealism 143
Burial Denied 151
From Second Manifesto of Surrealism 152
Simulation of General Paralysis Essayed 158
From The Automatic Message 161
Chronology 165
Acknowledgments 168
Selected Bibliography 173
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