Arcanum 17 (Green Integer)
Considered radical at the time, today Breton’s ideas seem almost prescient, yet breathtaking in their passionate underlying belief in the indestructibility of life and the freedom of the human spirit. AndrÃ© Breton wrote Arcanum 17 during a trip to the GaspÃ© Peninsula in Quebec in the months after D-Day in 1944, when the Allied troops were liberating Occupied Europe. Usi
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In particular Breton description of the natural landscape of Percé Rock and his reflections on the meaning of liberty, education, the role of women in the society and the absurdity of war are so modern, beautifully written and revealing that I couldn't help reading some of the pages two of three times. Wonderful!!!
Breton's Arcanum 17 is essentially a long essay in which he muses about love, loss, war, feminism, and a number of other things. Inspired by the image of the Perce Rock in Quebec, he uses this vision as a metaphor for a range of topics. The book itself was barely larger than my cellphone and only 133 pages (with additional pages for an intro and other material) but it took me over two weeks to read. This is one o ...more