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Through a unique blend of art, photography, film, and architecture, The Surreal House presents the individual dwelling as a place of mystery and wonder. Fusing house and dream, it probes the relationship between interior and shell, object and space, and it elaborates “the marvelous” and “compulsive beauty” as espoused by André Breton. The haunted house, the cabinet of curi ...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Yale University Press
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Recommends it for: ANY fan of Surrealism and artists of that time.
Recommended to Eryk by: Found while browsing the art section of a university bookstore.
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Book Review: “The Surreal House”
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NOTE: This review/essay is just that: part review and part expression for my love of books and the book-buying process that I’m so compulsive about.


This book is quite unique--aren’t they all, though? As the title, “The Surreal House,” suggests, this mammoth text, which could easily be used in a college or graduate level course, analyzes, through a series of five essays by today’s top scholars of the Surrealism period, the role of the “house” in surre
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Jane Alison was born in Canberra, Australia, and grew up in the Australian and U.S. foreign services. She attended public schools in Washington, D.C., and earned a B.A. in classics from Princeton University. Before writing fiction, she worked as an administrator for the National Endowment for the Humanities, as a production artist for the Washington City Paper, as an editor for the Miami New Times ...more