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"One of the central works of Surrealism,
is part fiction, part memoir, and part treatise. A work that helps define the movement itself; yet this is the first U.S. publication of Simon Watson Taylor's authoritative translation, completed after consultations with the author. Unconventional in form ? Aragon self-consciously avoided any recognizable narration or character development ? but fiercely lyrical,
is, in the author's words, 'a mythology of the modern.' The book uses the city of Paris as a framework, and Aragon interlaces his text with the city's ephemera: café menus, maps, inscriptions on monuments, newspaper clippings, as well as the lives of its citizens. A detailed description of a Parisian passage, nineteenth-century precursor to the mini-mall, and another of the Buttes-Chaumont park, are the great set pieces within Aragon's swirling prose of philosophy, dream, and satire."
The Adventures of Telemachus
"This is the first paperback edition in English of one of the most important and entertaining works of Surrealist fiction. Aragon's 1922 novel boldly appropriates the title and plot of a didactic 17th-century epic, recounting the adventures of Odysseus's son Telemachus; but the moralistic underpinnings of the original are replaced by a Surrealist's dedication to the strange, the beautiful, and the erotic. Though a classic of Surrealism, this is not automatic writing; on the contrary, it is a wryly self-conscious book, full of the kinds of intertexual games associated with writers such as Borges and Calvino. As the Huberts comment in their introduction, 'Aragon did not have to liberate his mind through automatic exercises; but by mastering and playing with the narrative...he succeeded in freeing himself from the constraints of mimeticism...descend[ing] into the diabolical nirvana of dada."
Index of Artists