Search Results: "André Breton"


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FREE REIN by André Breton
Released: May 1, 1996

"The paradoxes implied by a once-vernal intelligence, which now come to seem rather Wizard-of-Oz-like, recommend a reconsideration of Breton's work."
A compendium of the French surrealist's major prose writings, from 1936 to 1952, which intriguingly exposes Breton's limitations and datedness along with his besetting enthusiasms. Read full book review >

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ARCANUM 17 by André Breton
Released: Aug. 19, 1994

"Whether readers will be any more receptive to it now than they were 50 years ago remains to be seen."
Another never-before-translated volume by the famous surrealist, from the translator who, along with Bill Zavatsky, recently won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month-Club translation award for Breton's Earthlight. Read full book review >

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ANDRÉ CITROEN by John Reynolds
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 1997

"Flat and unrevealing. (b&w photos)"
An uncritical biography of one of France's premier automakers, from a British journalist who takes a far greater interest in machines than in men or women. Read full book review >

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ANDRÉ MALRAUX by Curtis Cate
Released: April 1, 1997

"Cate provides a rich account of both. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A highly readable biography that endeavors to correct, but not erase, the image of Malraux as a heroic, committed activist/intellectual. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Heavy on the whos, whats, whens, and wheres; much too light on the whys. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Meticulously detailed yet disappointing biography of the French activist/art authority/novelist/politician who began his career by trying to smuggle Khmer sculptures out of Indochina and ended up as minister of culture under de Gaulle's Fifth Republic. Read full book review >

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CAPE BRETON ROAD by D.R. MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Despite many striking moments and incidental virtues, this feels both underimagined and underdeveloped: the work of a first-rate storyteller who isn't yet a novelist."
The harsh beauty of Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island forms the backdrop for this vivid if somewhat diffuse chronicle of rootlessness and sexual rivalry, the first novel from the author of the critically praised story collection Eyestone (1988). Read full book review >

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BREAK OF DAY by André Breton
Released: Oct. 18, 1999

"Breton's flowery prose, permeated with bizarre imagery and disjointed fantasies and punctuated by frequent ellipsis, is made still more challenging to read in the present translation: what sounds highfalutin in French often degenerates into awkward, run-on English sentences."
Originally published in France in 1934, this complements previously translated collections of essays by the leading theorist of Surrealism (The Lost Steps and Free Rein, 1996), this time focusing on works written during the period of Surrealist maturation (1924—33). Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1998

"Reviewing Wilde's familiar rise and fall from Gide's perspective, Fryer finds a few intersections of the two men's interests, and biographical similarities in such matters as that each man indirectly injured his wife. (8 pages of b&w photos, not seen)"
Sticking to biographic routes rather than real literary parallels, Fryer (Dylan: The Nine Lives of Dylan Thomas, 1994) retraces a decade of crossed paths between the notorious playwright and the future Noble Prize—winning novelist. Read full book review >

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RHYTHM AND REVOLT by Marcela Breton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

"An excellent introduction to the wide range of writers and styles to be found less than a hundred miles from our shores, each story nicely complementing the one before it in tone and subject matter."
Breton (ed., Hot and Cool Jazz Stories, 1990, not reviewed) collects 25 tales from Caribbean writers working in each of the languages found in the region, including the generally forgotten Dutch. Read full book review >

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NEVER CATCH A COLD by André François
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"A bit of Gallic foolery, just in time for cold season. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A small, witty portrait gallery of colds, originally composed in French for a pharmaceutical company's ad campaign. Read full book review >

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AN ACT OF TERROR by André Brink
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Disappointing."
A pretentious megabook with mega themes from South African novelist Brink, already somewhat overtaken by events in South Africa and elsewhere. Read full book review >

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STATES OF EMERGENCY by André Brink
Released: May 17, 1989

Philip Malan is a South African professor who finds himself in over his head with a young graduate assistant, Melissa. Read full book review >