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Hebdomeros by Giorgio de Chirico
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Feb 10, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2010, surrealism, italy, interwar-maladies, exact-change
Recommended for: Committed surrealists (whether to surrealism, or to institutions).
Read from February 08 to 10, 2010

As if written by a whole committee of de Chiricos as an Exquisite Corpse exercise, this 1929 "novel" is both consistent in feel and entirely disconnected from itself. Unclearly delineated episodes drift in and out of vague philosophical discussion and occasionally compelling imagery unconstrained by plot. Like de Chirico's paintings, the best prose here conveys a kind of architectural longing, but the utter lack of narrative tends to leech their resonance. At least for me. I suspect this would be vastly better if small passages were read aloud in isolation, rather than trying to take in the whole in a couple sittings, as I did.
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