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Nadja, originally published in France in 1928, is the first and perhaps best Surrealist romance ever written, a book which defined that movement's attitude toward everyday life.

The principal narrative is an account of the author's relationship with a girl in the city of Paris, the story of an obsessional presence haunting his life. The first-person narrative is supplemente
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Nov 07, 2015 s.penkevich rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Roberto Bolaño
Be careful: everything fades, everything vanishes. Something must remain of us…

What better way to see the essence of life fresh and anew than through the eyes of a newfound friend. The world opens up as you turn down avenues you’ve walked by but never had reason to explore before, the language of life reveals new slangs and idioms of place and persons.Nadja by Andre Breton is the first surrealist romance novel and explores the surrealist movement through expression in the character Nadja’s uniqu
Bookdragon Sean
“I shall discuss these things without pre-established order, and according to the mood of the moment…….”

Andre Breton doesn’t give a fuck; he doesn’t care about you; he doesn’t care about me: he doesn't care about his reader.

He only cares about his Nadja. This book was written for her.

But what is Nadja? The physical Nadja in the novel is a woman dealing intense emotional and psychological problems; she captures the gaze of the narrator and his heart. She becomes his muse, his artistic inspirat
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 29, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
When I was in college, I was in a block section. We were around 40 and we were classmates in all subjects from 1st year to 3rd year. Our last year was an internship in a hospital. During that year, we were mixed with other interns from other schools. That was the year when I met my first real love.

One early morning, I was doing complete blood count near the window of the laboratory. I was on duty the whole night and was scheduled to leave at around 9:00 a.m. I was done with the count and just wr
Jun 10, 2017 Hadrian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, fiction
Interesting, and the prose is sometimes lyrical, but I admit it was not as revolutionary as I had expected. But what I really want is a book written by Nadja, and what she thinks about André's pining.
A lot of writers nowadays would describe their books as 'surreal' when they really mean full of pretentious randomness, but this is the real deal - complete with drawings reproductions and Max Ernst cameos. But beside the surrealism and the exciting format, it's really just Manic Pixie Dream Girl in early 20th century Paris.
Nate D
Finally got around to reading this cornerstone of surrealist lit, somewhat underwhelmed. Nadja's meaning for Breton is a little obscure but it seems to be embodied in sentiments like this:

Perhaps life needs to be deciphered like a cryptogram. Secret staircases, frames from which the paintings quickly slip aside and vanish (giving way to an archangel bearing a sword or to those who forever advance), buttons which must be indirectly pressed to make an entire room move sideways or vertically, or im
Eddie Watkins
Feb 10, 2009 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: introverted lovers
Shelves: french-fiction
More a treatise on how to be ghostly than anything else, Nadja is Andre Breton’s highly wrought elaboration of his brief relationship with a mysterious (possibly mad?) young woman. For those with a taste for, or an interest in, coincidences (as I am), this book can be highly intoxicating and actually mind altering, meaning it can have a direct effect on how and what you see as you go about your days and nights walking around (preferably through a city with “atmosphere”). This intoxication is a r ...more
Sheyda Heydari Shovir
من از خوندن كتاب ناديا لذت نبردم (به جز چند خطش مثلا) ولى متوجهم كه اثر مهميه و راه رو مثلا براى آثار ديگه باز كرده. فضل تقدم داره و اينها، كارى ندارم. اما مطمئن نيستم جز اين چيز ديگرى در چنته داشته باشه. به نظرم كل كتاب يه برهانه، و در دفاع از رويكردش و نگاهش به ادبيات نوشته شده. فكر نمى كنم واقعا يك رمان مستقل و مجزا باشه. اول كتاب مياد در مورد شيوه ش حرف مى زنه. مى گه من اول اتفاقات مهم زندگى مو مى گم كه خوب متوجه چيزايى كه تعريف مى كنم بشيد. و چه اعتقاد سفتى هم داره به اينكه دونستن از زندگى ...more
Tia Katrina Canlas
Andre Breton smoothly and seemingly effortlessly incorporates some of my favorite things into a love story: fortune tellers, random footnotes, prison abolition, psychologically questionable doodles, and etymologically inspired nicknames. Breton makes it completely believable that anyone would be swallowed up by the quirkiness and eccentricities of his Nadja; as in... if I met her in a cafe, I would totally let her-- I'd maybe even beg her to-- tell me all about the former men in her life, her lo ...more
Jun 02, 2013 Salma rated it it was ok
حين قرأت نادجا! 0

قبل عدة ليال، استيقظت فجأة في الثانية ليلا و فكرة عجيبة تلح على ذهني بقوة و تصرخ أنه ينبغي علي أن أقرأ نادجا... 0
في صباح اليوم التالي تذكرت ذاك الإلحاح العجيب المفاجئ في منتصف الليل لقراءة كتاب لم يعبر بالي من سنوات... شعرت بالغرابة، و قلت ربما ينبغي لي قراءته، لأرى ما القصة... 0
الكتاب كنت قرأت عنه عدة أسطر قبل أعوام، كعشرات من الكتب التي أقرأ عنها يوميا مضيفة بعضها لمكتبتي الالكترونية، و لم يبق في بالي سوى أنه عن امرأة غريبة الأطوار... و حقيقة لم تكن لي رغبة بقراءة كتاب خمنت حس
Nov 07, 2011 knig rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: natch
Breton’s ‘Nadja’ reads like a blog. Of course in 1928 blogs didn’t exist, so this rather thin tome which unfolds like a collage of mixed media must have erupted on the scene as avant garde vogue. Of surrealism, naturalmente.

Andre Breton, writing as Andre Breton, spends the first half of the novel meandering through the streets of Paris, posting photos of his favourite haunts, and namedropping par excellence. Of course, if this is read like a blog, then there no harm in the fact that his famous
Aug 20, 2007 Trina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book was extremely hard to jump into. The sentences are convoluted with all sorts of subordinate clauses and whackiness. For instance:

"Over and above the various prejudices I acknowledge, the affinities I feel, the attractions I succumb to, the events which occur to me and to me alone--over and above a sum of movements I am conscious of making, of emotions I alone experience--I strive, in relation to other men, to discover the nature, if not the necessity, of my difference from them." (12-1
Oct 25, 2013 پگاه rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to پگاه by: نرگس پورمحمدیان رودسری
چندتا چیز!
یکی این که واقعا بعضی جاها خل میشدم انقدر که باورنکردنی بود برام که بعضی از این اتفاقا واقعا اتفاق افتادن! تو همین دنیای خودمون!!خیلی عالی بود.
بعد هم این که کتاب بعضی جاها مثل کتابهای معمایی میشد برام! همهی چیزا
همدیگه رو تکمیل میکردن و درنهایت هم عباس پژمان میگفت: در پایان فصل دوم مشخص خواهد شد!
بعد هم این که جوری که راجع به «زیبایی» حرف زده بود آخر کتاب،واقعا محشر بود! محشر!
خیلی خوب بود این کتاب.. و اصلا چاپ افقش رو نخونید! من اون رو داشتم و رفتم مال هرمس رو خریدم! بدون توضیحات مترجم،
Jun 21, 2008 El rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to El by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (192/1001)
Self-styled leader of the Surrealist movement, Andre Breton narrates here his experience in Paris in the 1920s, specifically his experiences surrounding the "siren", Nadja - a name chosen for herself as it is the begining of the word hope in Russian (nadejat'sja). Nadja is an enigma to Breton and she challenges his way of looking at life in general. The semi-autobiographical story is told in a typical Surrealist manner - vaguely dream-like, heavy on the symbolism, etc. The progression of Nadja's ...more
Sep 08, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to travel in their bedroom
Andre Breton's "Nadja" is one of my all time favorite books. I think the main reason is that the city of Paris becomes a character in the novel. Or is it even a novel? It reads like a travel diary under the influence of Opium.

I like how Breton eroticises Paris, and the images that are through out the book are priceless.
Jim Elkins
Dec 01, 2013 Jim Elkins rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
I have written at length on this book on another site, writingwithimages.

For this review I only want to note an amazing obtuseness in this book. I suppose it could make sense to call this a psychoanalytic masterpiece, because of the time and place it was written, as part of the Surrealist project, and as evidence of Breton's reading of Freud. But psychologically, it is a horror show. In the book Breton is married; he starts seeing Nadja, and it never occurs to him -- as a narrator, for for sake
Jan 19, 2012 Kirsten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really should have liked this much more than I actually did: it's French, written in the early 20th Century, and involved a lost and tragic waif selling cocaine and her body in order to get by in Paris in the 1920s. HOWEVER. Well I suppose I have just had enough of pretentious French writers and their new clothes. I admire certain innovations in the book: that it was firstly a pronouncement of the Surrealist ideals, and as such mae no claim to having structure or answers or justifications; it ...more
Aug 13, 2013 angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, france, this-that, own
"Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or will not be at all."

One cannot call this a spoiler, though, that is the last line of this curious novel. That is the gift of Breton's writing, which was anything but predictable.

Three stars or four...opted for four for the curiosity that this small book has cause me. Yes, there is the question of "who is Nadja", but the greater question: 'who is you' at the end of the book?

Nadja is the 'beginning' as is indicated of her chosen Russian name as she explains it. Per
Ben Loory
a friend of mine was telling me the other day that she recently rewatched say anything, the 80s romantic comedy starring john cusack, and discovered that in the intervening twenty years john cusack's character had morphed from a lovable rogue into a total douchebag and all she wanted was for the girl to get the hell away from him and find a decent guy who was worthy of her. i'd never really liked say anything anyway (better off dead was always more my style), but i understood the problem. and i ...more
Philippe Malzieu
The beauty will be CONVULSIVE or will not be.
This sentence closes the first surrealist novel. A diverting book. At the high school, I read the classics, fines analyzes psychological, meticulous description, rigorous plan. In Nadja nothing of all.
There is a plan in 3 parts or anecdotics things dominate. The meeting with Nadja and the character of Nadja himself are in the final analysis rather secondary. No description, a photograph replaces it. Nadja lived at "Hotel des grands hommes", so photog
Oct 17, 2013 لیلی rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to لیلی by: نرگس پورمحمدیان رودسری
سخت بود...خیلی خیلی سخت بود... و من تازه پی بردم که نرگس چه موجود بینهایت باهوشی بوده و ما خبر نداشتیم! کسی که این کتابِ مقدسشه آخه،خیلی باید باهوش باشه!(شایدم من خنگما البته)یعنی به کسانی که نخوانده اند و سطح هوشیشان هم با من چندان تفاوتی ندارد می گویم که بعد از خواندن این، حس می کنید دنیای سوفی برایتان به کتاب قبل از خواب و تو مایه های حسنی نگو یه دست گل ، تبدیل شده!(استفاده ی کم از آرایه ی اغراق)
ولی سخت خوبی بود، یعنی شاید بهتره بگم سخت متفاوتی بود. ولی سخت بود، یعنی تصور کنید که کتابی که 93
Jun 10, 2007 SooYoung rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dreamy people
Nadja is a (daresay feminist) psycho-surrealist account of Breton's meeting with the titled character, Nadja. The meeting encompasses only 20 or so pages of the novella, but it influences everything in the book, even before he meets her. Full of beautiful and complex ideas and imagery with black and white photographs accompanying to secure this dream into some sense of the reader's reality.
Breton searches and finds and searches but not in progression. Is Nadja just another blip in Breton's real
Dec 30, 2012 Jim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: depressed undergrads trying to find themselves in all the wrong places
This book did nothing for me. As interesting or engaging writing, this book falls short and then some. It doesn't function as a novel and I'm not sure it was supposed to. Breton gives a long rambling preamble, scattered impressions of "Nadja" for act 2, then an afterword that tries to be an apology, but sometimes apologies are not enough.

If you're interested in the surrealist movement, then I'm sure you'll find some value in this book as a relic of the movement's history. Other than that, pass!!
Ahmad Sharabiani
683. Nadja, André Breton
نادیا - آندره برتون (افق) ادبیات سبک سوررئالیسم

اثر مرشد و مراد سوررآلیستها «آندره برتون» است و نخستین بار در سال 1928 چاپ شده و نسخه تصحیح شده از آن در سال 1963 منتشر شده است

چند سطر از کتاب: دوستش ندارم؟ نزدیکترین چیز به اویم وقتی که من کنار او هستم
زیبایی یا مخل است و یا اصلا وجود ندارد
او نمیتواند وارد شود، او وارد نشد
آندره برتون
Jan 15, 2016 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What can one say about such a sophistic (in the modern sense) novel? In this solipsistic work by Breton, we are treated to a name-dropping treatise on surrealism in the first third, followed by a disturbing (semi-autobiographical) account of his brief love affair with a muse, the eponymous Nadja, in the balance of the book.

Granted that all of us who are engaged in the creative interpretation of reality have had our Nadjas and have benefited therefrom (what would Dante be without Beatrice or Petr
Laura García
Sep 01, 2015 Laura García rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"La belleza será convulsiva o no será "
Aug 15, 2014 ايمان rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

نص نشر سنة 1928 و عاد أندريه بريتون و أصلحه سنة 1962, مقتطف من سيرة ذاتية للكاتب ركز فيه على لقاء بالصدفة جمعه بنادجا توجت بعلاقة مميزة ما بين أكتوبر 1926 و فبراير1927 , لقاء قصير خرج منه بريتون بثورة من الأفكار حول الفن والحياة الفرد و الآخر و لم تكن الكتابة عن نادجا سوى تنفيذا لوصيتها في إحدى لقاءاتهما, يبدو النص يتماهى مع مانيفستو السريالية الذي كتبه بريتون سنة 1924 تمهيد و تعريف بالسريالية للمبتدئين بصيغة نثرية و في ذات الوقت تطبيقا عمليا لها أدبيا فبريتون رفض التعبيرات الرومانسية الروا
Nadja is often regarded as a Surrealist love story but the focus is truly on Paris and Nadja. The first part of the book is a blend of theory, Surrealist gossip, Breton’s back story, dreams, and assorted excursions through Paris. For Breton, the dedicated Surrealist, accidents and coincidences are much like automatic writing; they are events that set aside the limits of traditional logic and perception and spontaneously create new, unexpected connections. Breton was completely captivated by Nadj ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Laetitia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
What Nadja basically showed me was that Surrealism is a boys' club with a sign outside the door that says 'Women Not Welcome.' The intriguing character of Nadja gets lost in Breton's ego. He uses this young woman for his own selfish purposes and then tosses her aside when he's done with her.

She gets sent to a sanatorium and he doesn't even bother visiting or helping her because (this is a good one...) he doesn't agree with how society treats people deemed insane. It sounds like a lame excuse to
Kevin Hobson
Andre Breton was a misogynist douche and this novel proves it.
Still, the book wasn't completely lacking in value or merit. The pictures were nice.
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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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“Beauty is like a train that ceaselessly roars out of the Gare de Lyon and which I know will never leave, which has not left. It consists of jolts and shocks, many of which do not have much importance, but which we know are destined to produce one Shock, which does...The human heart, beautiful as a seismograph...Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or will not be at all.” 69 likes
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