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Nadja, originally published in France in 1928, is the first and perhaps best Surrealist romance ever written, a book which defined that movement's attitude toward everyday life.

The principal narrative is an account of the author's relationship with a girl in the city of Paris, the story of an obsessional presence haunting his life. The first-person narrative is supplemente
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 11th 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1928)
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s.penkevich
Nov 07, 2015 s.penkevich rated it liked it
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Roberto Bolaño
Be careful: everything fades, everything vanishes. Something must remain of us…

What better way to see the essence of life fresh and anew than through the eyes of a newfound friend. The world opens up as you turn down avenues you’ve walked by but never had reason to explore before, the language of life reveals new slangs and idioms of place and persons.Nadja by Andre Breton is the first surrealist romance novel and explores the surrealist movement through expression in the character Nadja’s uniqu
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K.D. Absolutely
Jan 12, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was amazing
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
When I was in college, I was in a block section. We were around 40 and we were classmates in all subjects from 1st year to 3rd year. Our last year was an internship in a hospital. During that year, we were mixed with other interns from other schools. That was the year when I met my first real love.

One early morning, I was doing complete blood count near the window of the laboratory. I was on duty the whole night and was scheduled to leave at around 9:00 a.m. I was done with the count and just wr
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Andreea
May 24, 2012 Andreea rated it liked it
A lot of writers nowadays would describe their books as 'surreal' when they really mean full of pretentious randomness, but this is the real deal - complete with drawings reproductions and Max Ernst cameos. But beside the surrealism and the exciting format, it's really just Manic Pixie Dream Girl in early 20th century Paris.
Nate D
Finally got around to reading this cornerstone of surrealist lit, somewhat underwhelmed. Nadja's meaning for Breton is a little obscure but it seems to be embodied in sentiments like this:

Perhaps life needs to be deciphered like a cryptogram. Secret staircases, frames from which the paintings quickly slip aside and vanish (giving way to an archangel bearing a sword or to those who forever advance), buttons which must be indirectly pressed to make an entire room move sideways or vertically, or im
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Sheyda Heydari Shovir
من از خوندن كتاب ناديا لذت نبردم (به جز چند خطش مثلا) ولى متوجهم كه اثر مهميه و راه رو مثلا براى آثار ديگه باز كرده. فضل تقدم داره و اينها، كارى ندارم. اما مطمئن نيستم جز اين چيز ديگرى در چنته داشته باشه. به نظرم كل كتاب يه برهانه، و در دفاع از رويكردش و نگاهش به ادبيات نوشته شده. فكر نمى كنم واقعا يك رمان مستقل و مجزا باشه. اول كتاب مياد در مورد شيوه ش حرف مى زنه. مى گه من اول اتفاقات مهم زندگى مو مى گم كه خوب متوجه چيزايى كه تعريف مى كنم بشيد. و چه اعتقاد سفتى هم داره به اينكه دونستن از زندگى ...more
knig
Dec 20, 2011 knig rated it it was ok
Shelves: natch
Breton’s ‘Nadja’ reads like a blog. Of course in 1928 blogs didn’t exist, so this rather thin tome which unfolds like a collage of mixed media must have erupted on the scene as avant garde vogue. Of surrealism, naturalmente.

Andre Breton, writing as Andre Breton, spends the first half of the novel meandering through the streets of Paris, posting photos of his favourite haunts, and namedropping par excellence. Of course, if this is read like a blog, then there no harm in the fact that his famous
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Salma
Jun 08, 2013 Salma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
حين قرأت نادجا! 0

قبل عدة ليال، استيقظت فجأة في الثانية ليلا و فكرة عجيبة تلح على ذهني بقوة و تصرخ أنه ينبغي علي أن أقرأ نادجا... 0
في صباح اليوم التالي تذكرت ذاك الإلحاح العجيب المفاجئ في منتصف الليل لقراءة كتاب لم يعبر بالي من سنوات... شعرت بالغرابة، و قلت ربما ينبغي لي قراءته، لأرى ما القصة... 0
الكتاب كنت قرأت عنه عدة أسطر قبل أعوام، كعشرات من الكتب التي أقرأ عنها يوميا مضيفة بعضها لمكتبتي الالكترونية، و لم يبق في بالي سوى أنه عن امرأة غريبة الأطوار... و حقيقة لم تكن لي رغبة بقراءة كتاب خمنت حس
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Trina
Sep 19, 2007 Trina rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book was extremely hard to jump into. The sentences are convoluted with all sorts of subordinate clauses and whackiness. For instance:

"Over and above the various prejudices I acknowledge, the affinities I feel, the attractions I succumb to, the events which occur to me and to me alone--over and above a sum of movements I am conscious of making, of emotions I alone experience--I strive, in relation to other men, to discover the nature, if not the necessity, of my difference from them." (12-1
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Eddie Watkins
Oct 16, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: introverted lovers
Shelves: french-fiction
More a treatise on how to be ghostly than anything else, Nadja is Andre Breton’s highly wrought elaboration of his brief relationship with a mysterious (possibly mad?) young woman. For those with a taste for, or an interest in, coincidences (as I am), this book can be highly intoxicating and actually mind altering, meaning it can have a direct effect on how and what you see as you go about your days and nights walking around (preferably through a city with “atmosphere”). This intoxication is a r ...more
پگاه
Aug 12, 2015 پگاه rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to پگاه by: نرگس پورمحمدیان رودسری
چندتا چیز!
یکی این که واقعا بعضی جاها خل میشدم انقدر که باورنکردنی بود برام که بعضی از این اتفاقا واقعا اتفاق افتادن! تو همین دنیای خودمون!!خیلی عالی بود.
بعد هم این که کتاب بعضی جاها مثل کتابهای معمایی میشد برام! همهی چیزا
همدیگه رو تکمیل میکردن و درنهایت هم عباس پژمان میگفت: در پایان فصل دوم مشخص خواهد شد!
بعد هم این که جوری که راجع به «زیبایی» حرف زده بود آخر کتاب،واقعا محشر بود! محشر!
خیلی خوب بود این کتاب.. و اصلا چاپ افقش رو نخونید! من اون رو داشتم و رفتم مال هرمس رو خریدم! بدون توضیحات مترجم،
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Tia Katrina Canlas
Sep 26, 2009 Tia Katrina Canlas rated it it was amazing
Andre Breton smoothly and seemingly effortlessly incorporates some of my favorite things into a love story: fortune tellers, random footnotes, prison abolition, psychologically questionable doodles, and etymologically inspired nicknames. Breton makes it completely believable that anyone would be swallowed up by the quirkiness and eccentricities of his Nadja; as in... if I met her in a cafe, I would totally let her-- I'd maybe even beg her to-- tell me all about the former men in her life, her lo ...more
Jim Elkins
Mar 04, 2016 Jim Elkins rated it liked it
Shelves: french
I have written at length on this book on another site, writingwithimages.

For this review I only want to note an amazing obtuseness in this book. I suppose it could make sense to call this a psychoanalytic masterpiece, because of the time and place it was written, as part of the Surrealist project, and as evidence of Breton's reading of Freud. But psychologically, it is a horror show. In the book Breton is married; he starts seeing Nadja, and it never occurs to him -- as a narrator, for for sake
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لیلی
Oct 24, 2013 لیلی rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to لیلی by: نرگس پورمحمدیان رودسری
سخت بود...خیلی خیلی سخت بود... و من تازه پی بردم که نرگس چه موجود بینهایت باهوشی بوده و ما خبر نداشتیم! کسی که این کتابِ مقدسشه آخه،خیلی باید باهوش باشه!(شایدم من خنگما البته)یعنی به کسانی که نخوانده اند و سطح هوشیشان هم با من چندان تفاوتی ندارد می گویم که بعد از خواندن این، حس می کنید دنیای سوفی برایتان به کتاب قبل از خواب و تو مایه های حسنی نگو یه دست گل ، تبدیل شده!(استفاده ی کم از آرایه ی اغراق)
ولی سخت خوبی بود، یعنی شاید بهتره بگم سخت متفاوتی بود. ولی سخت بود، یعنی تصور کنید که کتابی که 93
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El
Jun 22, 2008 El rated it it was amazing
Recommended to El by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (192/1001)
Self-styled leader of the Surrealist movement, Andre Breton narrates here his experience in Paris in the 1920s, specifically his experiences surrounding the "siren", Nadja - a name chosen for herself as it is the begining of the word hope in Russian (nadejat'sja). Nadja is an enigma to Breton and she challenges his way of looking at life in general. The semi-autobiographical story is told in a typical Surrealist manner - vaguely dream-like, heavy on the symbolism, etc. The progression of Nadja's ...more
Ben Loory
Sep 01, 2011 Ben Loory rated it liked it
a friend of mine was telling me the other day that she recently rewatched say anything, the 80s romantic comedy starring john cusack, and discovered that in the intervening twenty years john cusack's character had morphed from a lovable rogue into a total douchebag and all she wanted was for the girl to get the hell away from him and find a decent guy who was worthy of her. i'd never really liked say anything anyway (better off dead was always more my style), but i understood the problem. and i ...more
Jim
May 13, 2013 Jim rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: depressed undergrads trying to find themselves in all the wrong places
This book did nothing for me. As interesting or engaging writing, this book falls short and then some. It doesn't function as a novel and I'm not sure it was supposed to. Breton gives a long rambling preamble, scattered impressions of "Nadja" for act 2, then an afterword that tries to be an apology, but sometimes apologies are not enough.

If you're interested in the surrealist movement, then I'm sure you'll find some value in this book as a relic of the movement's history. Other than that, pass!!
Michael
Jan 18, 2016 Michael rated it it was ok
What can one say about such a sophistic (in the modern sense) novel? In this solipsistic work by Breton, we are treated to a name-dropping treatise on surrealism in the first third, followed by a disturbing (semi-autobiographical) account of his brief love affair with a muse, the eponymous Nadja, in the balance of the book.

Granted that all of us who are engaged in the creative interpretation of reality have had our Nadjas and have benefited therefrom (what would Dante be without Beatrice or Petr
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Ahmad Sharabiani
683. Nadja, André Breton
نادیا - آندره برتون (افق) ادبیات سبک سوررئالیسم

اثر مرشد و مراد سوررآلیستها «آندره برتون» است و نخستین بار در سال 1928 چاپ شده و نسخه تصحیح شده از آن در سال 1963 منتشر شده است

چند سطر از کتاب: دوستش ندارم؟ نزدیکترین چیز به اویم وقتی که من کنار او هستم
زیبایی یا مخل است و یا اصلا وجود ندارد
او نمیتواند وارد شود، او وارد نشد
آندره برتون
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Tosh
Sep 08, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like to travel in their bedroom
Andre Breton's "Nadja" is one of my all time favorite books. I think the main reason is that the city of Paris becomes a character in the novel. Or is it even a novel? It reads like a travel diary under the influence of Opium.

I like how Breton eroticises Paris, and the images that are through out the book are priceless.
Laura García
Sep 05, 2015 Laura García rated it really liked it
"La belleza será convulsiva o no será "
ايمان
Aug 22, 2014 ايمان rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رائعة

نص نشر سنة 1928 و عاد أندريه بريتون و أصلحه سنة 1962, مقتطف من سيرة ذاتية للكاتب ركز فيه على لقاء بالصدفة جمعه بنادجا توجت بعلاقة مميزة ما بين أكتوبر 1926 و فبراير1927 , لقاء قصير خرج منه بريتون بثورة من الأفكار حول الفن والحياة الفرد و الآخر و لم تكن الكتابة عن نادجا سوى تنفيذا لوصيتها في إحدى لقاءاتهما, يبدو النص يتماهى مع مانيفستو السريالية الذي كتبه بريتون سنة 1924 تمهيد و تعريف بالسريالية للمبتدئين بصيغة نثرية و في ذات الوقت تطبيقا عمليا لها أدبيا فبريتون رفض التعبيرات الرومانسية الروا
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Kirsten
Jan 20, 2012 Kirsten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really should have liked this much more than I actually did: it's French, written in the early 20th Century, and involved a lost and tragic waif selling cocaine and her body in order to get by in Paris in the 1920s. HOWEVER. Well I suppose I have just had enough of pretentious French writers and their new clothes. I admire certain innovations in the book: that it was firstly a pronouncement of the Surrealist ideals, and as such mae no claim to having structure or answers or justifications; it ...more
SooYoung
Jun 14, 2007 SooYoung rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dreamy people
Nadja is a (daresay feminist) psycho-surrealist account of Breton's meeting with the titled character, Nadja. The meeting encompasses only 20 or so pages of the novella, but it influences everything in the book, even before he meets her. Full of beautiful and complex ideas and imagery with black and white photographs accompanying to secure this dream into some sense of the reader's reality.
Breton searches and finds and searches but not in progression. Is Nadja just another blip in Breton's real
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ياسر ثابت
كتاب سريالي بامتياز.

قراءة هذا العمل المهم ضرورة، وإن كان النص صعباً ومرهقاً بالنسبة لمن ينشدون متعة بلاغية وأدبية؛ لأن أندريه بريتون كان تجريبياً للغاية في هذا الكتاب
Carol
Jun 02, 2015 Carol rated it liked it
Nadja is often regarded as a Surrealist love story but the focus is truly on Paris and Nadja. The first part of the book is a blend of theory, Surrealist gossip, Breton’s back story, dreams, and assorted excursions through Paris. For Breton, the dedicated Surrealist, accidents and coincidences are much like automatic writing; they are events that set aside the limits of traditional logic and perception and spontaneously create new, unexpected connections. Breton was completely captivated by Nadj ...more
angela
Aug 13, 2013 angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, france, this-that, own
"Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or will not be at all."

One cannot call this a spoiler, though, that is the last line of this curious novel. That is the gift of Breton's writing, which was anything but predictable.

Three stars or four...opted for four for the curiosity that this small book has cause me. Yes, there is the question of "who is Nadja", but the greater question: 'who is you' at the end of the book?

Nadja is the 'beginning' as is indicated of her chosen Russian name as she explains it. Per
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Jukka
Nadja (1928) - André Breton
I was feeling good but i wasn't drunk. It was a small party, twenty or so people, hosted by a work friend R---. This was about
twenty five years ago. I met Mary there and there was an immediate intense feeling of closeness between us. She had been in the hospital and was recovering from another surgery. We didn't spend the whole evening together, but the arc was clear to us both. It was the way we interacted -- the sparks, and you don't know why; your feelings, her's a
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Mohammed
Dec 01, 2014 Mohammed rated it it was ok
أي كلام....ياعبدالسلام!

يفترض أن الرواية هي من أفضل ماكتبه أندريه بريتون المفترض أنه رائد التيار السيريالي في فرنسا. إذا كان هذا أفضل ماكتبه الرجل, فأصارحك بأنني لا أرغب برؤية البقية. الرواية عادية جدا, تزخر بالحديث المطول عن الأعمال الفنية من وجهة نظر نقدية. لا أحبذ ذلك في رواية قصيرة لا تتجاوز 160 صفحة.

تدور القصة حول علاقة "شبه حب" بين بريتون و ناديا (حسب النطق وليست نادجا كما كتب العنوان بالعربية). يلتقي الكاتب بالفتاة في قارعة الطريق, يلي ذلك سلسلة من اللقاءات والحوارات المجتزأة. أعتقد أن أف
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Ioleander
بقدر الحب الذي غُرس بداخلي لنادجا و جنونها و حساسيتها المفرطة إلا أني حقدت على بريتون و الترجمة السيئة التي قتلت الحكاية !
لكنها حكاية تدل طريقها للذات جيداً .. و أكدتي ايماني بأن هنالك مساحة " مجنونة " بداخل كل انثى حُرة .. جسدتها نادجا بقصصها
ومغامراتها و حُبها .. ونهايتها المأساوية .. ما علق من ذاكرتي هي تلك الأمسية التي كانا فيها قادمين من فرساي إلى باريس ليلاً ، يقود بريتون السيارة مسرعاً وقدم نادجا فوق قدمه تضغط على مكابها لتسرع اكثر ، ويداها تُغمض عيناه كيّ يموتا في هذه اللحظة في نهاية جميل
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Kelly
Jan 27, 2013 Kelly rated it it was ok
Breton, especially in the first 60 pages before Nadja appears, reminds me of one of those annoying guys you meet in a youth hostel who stays up all night getting drunk and talking loudly and quasi-philosophically with other ex-pats under the age of 22.

Nadja seems awesome. I'd have liked to see and hear more from her, rather than have her say three words, then get five pages of Breton's self-important (not to mention convoluted) prose expounding on what she's just said.
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André Breton was a French writer, poet, and surrealist theorist, and is best known as the principal founder of Surrealism. His writings include the Surrealist Manifesto (Manifeste du surréalisme) of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as "pure psychic automatism".
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“Beauty is like a train that ceaselessly roars out of the Gare de Lyon and which I know will never leave, which has not left. It consists of jolts and shocks, many of which do not have much importance, but which we know are destined to produce one Shock, which does...The human heart, beautiful as a seismograph...Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or will not be at all.” 62 likes
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