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Arcanum 17 (Green Integer) [Paperback]

By Andre Breton, Zack Rogow (Translator) & Anna Balakian (Introduction by)
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Andre Breton wrote Arcanum 17 during a trip to the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec in the months after D-Day in 1944, when the Allied troops were liberating Occupied Europe. Using the huge Perce Rock - its impermanence, its slow-motion crumbling, its singular beauty - as his central metaphor, Breton considers love and loss, aggression and war, pacifism, feminism and the occult, in a book that is part prose and part poetry, part reality and part dream. In the 17th card in the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck, a naked woman beneath a sky of stars pours water from two urns into water and onto land. This card represents hope, renewal and resurrection - the themes that permeate Arcanum 17. Considered radical at the time, Breton's ideas today seem almost prescient, yet still breath-taking in their passionate underlying belief in the indestructibility of life and the freedom of the human spirit.

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Pages   148
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.25" Height: 6"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2004
Publisher   Green Integer
ISBN  1931243271  
ISBN13  9781931243278  

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More About Andre Breton, Zack Rogow & Anna Balakian

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark Polizzotti is the author of "Revolution of the Mind: The Life of Andre Breton ("1995), "Lautreamont Nomad "(1994), "The New Life: Poems "(1998), and "S: a novel "(1997). He has translated the work of Andre Breton, Rene Daumal, Jean Echenoz, and Marguerite Duras, among others.

Andre Breton was born in 1896 and died in 1966.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Authors, A-Z > ( B ) > Breton, Andre
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Love evolves as it endures...  Feb 15, 2001
Here is Breton exploring landscapes that remind him of where he is in relation to humanity and all that is dear to him. He has left a 'failed' relationship behind in Paris, and begins a final chapter in 'Surrealist Imagery' with a new found love in Canada. The underlying heartbeat of this book is the will to endure the ectstatic highs and lows that create the emotion-memories and presence of love. There is a treasure in this book, perhaps even a gift; no one word can explain the gift--which is much like a powerful monolith the size of a needle's eye. To be more precise though, I recognized a sort of strategy in this book: Love is infinite; it does not end with the loss of a beloved; through the mind, one can relate to the particle-images of one's memory and consistantly love people who were loved in the past (who have passed beyond presence), extending and introducing a past that was both beautiful and disastrous to a presence that becomes more vivid, more intricate, more loving with each connection made to the memories of persons who shared time and created space like children on a familiar playground.

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