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Fata Morgana by André Breton
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I like the illustrations more than the poetry.
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March 30, 2008 – Shelved
March 30, 2008 – Shelved as: art
March 30, 2008 – Shelved as: poetry
March 30, 2008 – Shelved as: surrealism

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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 31, 2008 07:42AM) (new)

Yeah, Wifredo Lam's sketches are quite good. I like the reproduction of the original frontispiece with the stamp of the French censor & the clever inscription beneath it. My favorite among Lam's drawings is the one on page 15-- which in my text follows a pagination error where "14" is printed as "24"-- the one also reproduced for the cover.

Other than that, the poem pretty much embodies all of the things that I dislike about the Breton-flavor of surrealism-- emphasis on leisurely "time reflected in tranquility," sentimental attatchment to material possessions, empty platitudes of romantic love & longing, blah, blah, blah.

"Is that love that promise that goes past us
That eternal round-trip ticket established on the model of the varigated moth
Is that love those fingers that press the husk of the mist
So that from it may spring the unknown cities with the dazzling gates alas....."

Ugh! With all of the excommunicating he had to do, one would think that poor Breton would not have had the time for such drivel.


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