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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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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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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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 >

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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2008

"A moving account of a remarkable woman and activist."
The story of a courageous nun who was murdered in 2005 while working for environmental protection and agrarian land reform in Brazil's Amazon jungle. 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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2010

"A low-key, meandering memoir about an admired grandfather."
Henry Goldman's granddaughter looks at his Wall Street accomplishments and his family life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2010

"A good read for armchair travelers."
Memoir of building a life in the remote Brazilian jungle. Read full book review >

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CAPE OF STORMS by André Brink
Released: June 1, 1993

"Brink has wittily created a splendid new myth in which primal emotions expand in a magical landscape—one rich in local allusions and profound foreshadowing and, in keeping with the genre, suitably bawdy."
Novella-length fable from South African writer Brink (An Act of Terror, 1989, etc.) that playfully suggests a mythic origin for his country's entangled cultures. Read full book review >

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HARVARD SQUARE by André Aciman
Released: April 8, 2013

"A rather modest addition to immigrant experience literature."
Two immigrant outsiders hang out in cafes near Harvard. One vents, the other listens, in this third novel from the Egyptian-born Aciman (Eight White Nights, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >