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Anthology of Black Humor

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This is the first publication in English of the anthology that contains Breton’s definitive statement on l’humour noir, one of the seminal concepts of Surrealism, and his provocative assessments of the writers he most admired. While some of the authors featured in The Anthology of Black Humor are already well known to American readers—Swift, Kafka, Rimbaud, Poe, Lewis Carr ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by City Lights Publishers (first published 1940)
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Apr 04, 2008 Tosh rated it it was amazing
Andre Breton the head honcho of the Surrealists on being funny. Now that's funny! This is a great anthology of humor via the eyes of the great lunatic eccentric Breton. Everyone from Swift to fellow Surrealists are here and it's like one large crazy party.
Пожалуй, самая неприглядная книга, прочитанная мной за последние годы... То есть, совершенно не приглянулась. Думаю, потому что мое представление о чувстве юмора в целом и о черном юморе в частности существенно расходится с пониманием юмора Андре Бретоном. Для начала, мне не совсем понятно, почему Антология в подавляющем большинстве включает опусы психически неуравновешенных, склонных к суициду, хронических алкоголиков и просто выраженных маргиналов, можно подумать, что именно у этой категории и ...more
Jul 25, 2008 Steve rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful collection of vintage black humor, perhaps typified in its editorial bent by the inclusion of the Marquis de Sade. L'humoir noir was one of the foundational legs d'giraffe upon which Surrealism farted and cavorted. With age, the black humor collected here has largely been surpassed, giving this book the feel of a vital museum piece. There are writers here who still hold their own (Peret, Carroll, Jarry, Huysmans and Baudelaire, among others), though it must be confessed that ...more
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Not what i expected
Sep 04, 2015 Iván rated it it was ok
Este es un libro fascinante como objeto de estudio. La gente que reúne es extensa y abarca muchas eras y disciplinas diferentes.
Aún así, no me gustó. La razón sincera es que simplemente esto no es lo mío. Con todas las explicaciones del mundo, el surrealismo no deja de parecerme poco más que un montón de sin-sentidos. Entender que esa es la idea no hace que lo disfrute. No pude admirar a los autores por las mismas razones que Breton y no pude admirar nada de muchos textos. Creo que no soy bueno
Apr 12, 2008 Steven rated it it was amazing
L'humour noir, edited by Andre Breton, was intended to highlight the Surrealist's conception of humor, which he termed "a superior revolt of the mind," and the "mortal enemy of sentimentality." In addition to his introductory essay, Breton wrote a biographical and critical preface for each of the forty-five selections, and it is in these prefaces where Breton examines and expresses his conception of this essential form of humor. For example, from his discussion of Lewis Carroll, Breton gives us ...more
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Nov 22, 2013 Jesús de la Garza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Me sería imposible no darle las cinco estrellas a esta antología. Jamás me había carcajeado mientras leía como ocurrió con Alphonse Allais. También disfruté mucho la poesía de Picabia, la obra de Grabbe, los textos de Swift y los de De Quincey. Sin mencionar a los surrealistas que como siempre me han encantado.
Jul 22, 2008 Mira rated it really liked it
Christian Grabbe is a crack up. Pity he was of questionable ethics, but if you don't read too deep into it, the language is way ahead of his time.
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An anthology wherein the biographic information provided by Breton tends to be more blackly comic than the selections he includes.
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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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“Life’s greatest gift is the freedom it leaves you to step out of it whenever you choose.” 263 likes
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