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ARTIST
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Dark Spring
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Book

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EC ZURN EC ZURN
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RELEASE DATE
10/30/2000

"Unica Zürn (1916-1970) was born in Berlin and made her living there as a film dramaturge and short story write until 1953, when she met the artist Hans Bellmer and moved with him to Paris.Dark Spring is an autobiographical coming-of-age novel that reads more like an exorcism than a memoir. In it, author Unica Zürn traces the roots to her obsessions: the exotic father she idealized, the 'impure' mother she detested, the masochistic fantasies and onanistic rituals which she said described 'the erotic life of a little girl based on my own childhood'. Dark Spring is the story of a young girl's simultaneous introduction to sexuality and mental illness, revealing a different aspect of the 'mad love' so romanticized by the (predominantly male) Surrealists."