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The poet Apollinaire was modernism's first champion, and after his early death in 1918, he became its first saint.

In 1916, while recovering from a head wound received in World War I, he published The Poet Assassinated, his most famous work of prose; a roman a clef mythologizing himself as well as friends and enemies including Pablo Picasso, Marie Laurencin, Jean Cocteau,

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Paperback, 158 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Exact Change (first published January 1st 1972)
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Glenn Russell
Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), poet par excellence of the early 20th century Parisian literary world, inventor of the word ‘surrealism’, champion of cubism and other innovative forms of modern art, wrote ‘The Poet Assassinated’ in a hospital bed recovering from shrapnel wounds inflicted during World War 1. Reading this novella is like entering a dream world of a De Chirico cityscape or the montage of Max Ernst – and every couple of paragraphs the surreal panorama shifts – one of the most uni...more
Eddie Watkins
Written with such knowing innocence and off-the-cuff verve, these stories could be nothing less than infectiously charming. There's nothing else like them. While riding the various ripples and waves of early Modernism like a cubist surf jockey with a top hat, Apollinaire infuses his writing with a refined Medievel primitivism and a fairy tale spontaneity; but within the jauntiness are embedded wounds, emotional depths, and wisdom - all qualities you'd expect from the man in this photograph, wher...more
Jesse K
Books on Exact Change, while never lacking in quality, can be a little dense on occasion. That's probably why this one languished on my shelf for a bit. It was actually extremely easygoing and remarkably funny. While it's an important historical document, it definitely lacks the level of pretense that the title would seem to indicate.
Craig
In parts amazing. I loved "The Deified Invalid". Spotty, rambling, infectiously buoyant, profound and puerile. About what I expected from the man who coined the term, "surrealist". I seem to remember that he was trepanned (had part of his brain removed) after an injury in WWI. I wonder if that was before or after he wrote this.
Brad
I actually have this in a hardcover version, but didn't feel like searching too hard on here for it. Anyway, this is another of my absolute favorite collections of short stories. If you are into what the surrealists were doing in the realms of painting and film, you owe it to yourself to read some of these stories.
Adriano Godinho
interesting way of putting things.. the short story of the same name "the poet assassinated" is really better than the others, but all of them have something interesting.
Georgy
The shorter stories in my opinion are better, than the main one. It becomes vibrant and interesting near the end.
Ben Loory
i had no patience for this. i think it was supposed to be a fun crazy romp, but it just seemed like a silly romp to me.
Mitch
Fabulous book, great stories, translated by Ron Padgett, whose translations from the French always set the bar high.
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Le poète assassiné, 1916
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Wilhelm Albert Włodzimierz Apolinary Kostrowicki, known as Guillaume Apollinaire (in French pronounced [ɡijom apɔliˈnɛʁ]) was a French poet, writer, and art critic born in Italy to a Polish mother.

Among the foremost poets of the early 20th century, he is credited with coining the word surrealism and writing one of the earliest works described as surrealist, the play Les Mamelles de Tirésias (1917,...more
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