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The Dreaming Life of Leonora de La Cruz

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  8 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A whimsical tale about an 18th c. visionary saint discovered 200 years after her death by the French Surrealists who worshipped her as the patron saint of the subconscious. Saint Leonora sees in her dreams the dark future of humanity: floods, wars, revolutions, falling governments and more. With her eyes closed between dreaming and meditation she dictates her visions to a ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published 2007 by Midmarch Arts Press (first published 2004)
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Dec 01, 2007 Alan rated it it was ok
Horribly-written book with the most amazing collages I have ever seen. It is a collaboration between writer Agnieszka Taborska and collagist Selena Kimball. Taborska may well have learned English from a manual, as her second language. In this case, we forgive her. If not, we might go on an enumerative rampage like Mark Twain in "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses."

For instance: she uses "sensibility" where she means "sensitivity," "falsely" where she means "incorrectly," etc., etc., etc.

It does
Bonnie Jean Michalski
Leonora de la Cruz, the patron saint of surrealism, a Spanish nun who spent 30 years of her life in a constant clairvoyant dream-state, was fabricated by the two collaborators at work on this book, writer Agnieszka Taborska and visual artist Selena Kimball. This book reveals the saint to have heavily influenced no small number of surrealists including André Breton, Salvador Dali, and Garcìa Lorca and to have predicted such momentous historical events as the sinking of the Titanic and the ...more
Jun 02, 2008 Jamison rated it liked it
The writing in this book fluctuates drastically. At times it reads like prose poetry while at other times it reads like a technical manual. Nonetheless, the collages, the encyclopedic knowledge of the surrealist movement, and the strangely obsessive drive to place a fictional saint into the context of an artistic movement is really enjoyable. I didn't feel that the book found a real start until it got to the glossary, where (having already established the character of Leonora) the author could ...more
Dec 25, 2014 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mam z tą książką problem. Z jednej strony mamy przepiękne, inteligentne ilustracje. Z drugiej strony książka to jedna wielka mistyfikacja.
Traktuje o osobie która nie istniała. Co nie byłoby szczególnym błędem gdyby nie mityczny wpływ jaki wywarła na surrealistów. Właśnie surreliści. 3/4 tego dzieła jest o nich, jeśli ktoś się nie orientuje w szczegółach życia francuskiej bohemy lat 20 ubiegłego wieku, będzie miał problem.
Podsumowując czytanie tej książki jest troche jak pójście do muzeum sztuk
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