Une Semaine De Bonté: A Surrealistic Novel in Collage

Une Semaine De Bonté: A Surrealistic Novel in Collage

by Max Ernst


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ISBN-13: 9780486232522
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 06/01/1976
Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art Series
Edition description: 2ND
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 395,416
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

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Une Semaine De Bonté: A Surrealistic Novel in Collage 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
the_terrible_trivium on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Everything you (I) could hope for (surrealist collages).
jvalka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Divided into seven sections by days of the week, the artist creates a strange, dream-like story without words, using images taken from other sources in collage. Often disturbing, recurring images and themes include human / animal hybrids, violence, sexuality, and death. As I was looking at this I started to make up captions for the pictures in my mind, some of which I thought were very funny. The great thing about these images is that they're not just weird for the sake of being weird; there seems to be something going on under the surface. I don't know what exactly, but in a strange, inexplicable way this makes sense to me.
dr_zirk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the end of the day, Une Semaine De Bonte is a bit disappointing, as most of the collage pieces herein appear to be minor modifications of the original printed source material that Ernst drew on for his own creations. The ideas are occasionally interesting, but the execution is rough and just plain silly at times. Even granted the technological limitations that Ernst was working with, the ultimate results just aren't that impressive, and show little of the complex visual narratives that he so successfully incorporated into his paintings. The saving graces of this volume are the Second and Third "Visible Poems", which are visually arresting in spite of their short length. If the entire project had been up to the same standard, the work as a whole would be entirely more compelling than it actually is.
misirlou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Both this novel (ironically titled as " A Week of Kindness") and Ernst's other, more aptly titled novel in collage, "The Hundred Headless Women" are some of the most impressive products to come out of the surrealist movement. Each illustration in the book is carfully arranged to hint at a much larger story. The book itself is traumatic-- dark, grizzly, sexually overt, the series of illustrations comprising each chapter tell a story, but it's a story that Ernst kindly forces you to close your eyes to right when it seems to be too much. Only, when you open them again you're faced with an entirely new shock. As the reader, you're left to fill in the gaps. The novel resembles a train wreck: you can't help but stare in wonder despite the fact that you know you shouldn't be. What makes the novel so spooky is in the way Ernst blends the seraphic with the mundane. A demon in the form of a very proper victorian woman kisses a man in a parlor where every painting on the wall implies violence. Gentlemen gather in the streets to discuss a gigantic glowing breast while smoking their pipes. The half-man/half-tiger smiles as he shows off the head of a man alongside his war medals. Every image tells a story by itself; the disturbing aspect of the book is that you, the reader, are the sole interpreter. Whatever story you pull from the book is a reflection of you.