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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders by Vítězslav Nezval
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May 05, 14

bookshelves: read-in-2010, czech-republic, surrealism, favorites, interwar-maladies
Recommended to Nate D by: Jaromil Jires, via the film
Recommended for: those hesitating with good cause at the edge of adult existence
Read from October 01 to 04, 2010

This is just awesome: a phantasmagoric bildungsroman from a Czech surrealist poet toying with the gothic-romantic serial form to portray convoluted family melodrama, vampirism, subversion of authority. Probably see Jaromil Jires' flawless 1971 film version first, as it's a culminating masterwork of the Czech New Wave, and also a more thoroughly dreamlike and ambiguous treatment. But then read this, because it's a sheer pleasure as well. And good for giving some context or clarification to the film's vaguer moments (unnecessary for appreciation, but interesting nonetheless).
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Curtis Ackie I had no idea the film was an adaptation. Thanks for this.

Nate D The film would be hard to beat in any form, but this is definitely great and worthwhile. You'll probably really enjoy it!

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