The Dedalus Book of Surrealism: The Identity of Things

  • Title: The Dedalus Book of Surrealism: The Identity of Things
  • Author: Michael Richardson
  • ISBN: 9781873982457
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Seemingly the ideal surrealist anthology for me -- while spanning the 20th century and seventeen countries it hones directly in on typically underrepresented surrealist prose fiction, veering around poetry and theory essays, both well represented elsewhere and generally less thrilling to me. Of course, these aren't always thrilling either (inevitably, there are a number that read like strings of barely-related images or disjointed accounts dreams (which may be exactly what they are)) but there a [...]

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    2. Admittedly, this was a bit of a difficult read for me, at least as first. It was my bedtime read, and I figured the dream-like aspect of a lot of Surrealist stuff would be conducive - and it was, perhaps too much so. Partly, though, it has to do with the odd thing this book is trying to achieve. The Surrealists' literary wing has not actually been overlooked but it has lived in the shadow of the visual and plastic arts. This anthology from Dedalus (great publisher for even doing stuff like this) [...]

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    3. enjoyi wish : i want to stay herei wish : this be enoughi wish : i only love youi wish : simplicitylook at the speed out thereit magnetizes me to itand i have no feari'm only into this toenjoyi wish i'd only lookand didn't have to touchi wish i'd only smell thisand didn't have to tastehow can i ignore?this is sex without touchingi'm going to explorei'm only into this toenjoy - björk

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    4. Like any collection of short stories, this is a mixture of the good and bad. Actually, in this case, also the weird and weirder. I liked a lot, a lot I found pointless, but not being 'versed' in Surrealism well, as it were, I can't expect much else. That said, I've had my appetite whetted.

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    5. 8,5/10

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