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Aurelia and Other Writings

Nerval, Gérard de

Verlag: Exact Change, Boston, MA, U.S.A., 1997
ISBN 10: 187897209X / ISBN 13: 9781878972095
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Titel: Aurelia and Other Writings

Verlag: Exact Change, Boston, MA, U.S.A.

Erscheinungsdatum: 1997

Einband: paperback

Zustand: Very Good

Auflage: First Edition.

Art des Buches: Used

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Paperback in very good condition. Cover unmarked; contents clean, sound, bright. Translations by Geoffrey Wagner, Robert Duncan, and Marc Lowenthal; with drawings by Gent Sturgeon. TPW. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 257807

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Inhaltsangabe: Aurélia is a document of dreams, obsession, and insanity. An account of Nerval’s unrequited passion for an actress and subsequent descent into madness, this book was a favorite of artist Joseph Cornell’s, and its author was championed by both Marcel Proust and André Breton. One of the original self-styled "bohemians," Nerval was best known in his own day for parading a lobster on a pale blue ribbon through the gardens of the Palais-Royal, and for his suicide in 1855, hanging from an apron string he called the garter of the Queen of Sheba. Geoffrey Wagner’s translation of Aurélia was first published by Grove Press in 1959, but has remained out of print for nearly twenty years. Included are previously untranslated stories, and poet Robert Duncan’s version of the sonnet cycle "Chimeras"— making this the most complete collection of Nerval ever published in English.

"Nerval possessed to a tee the spirit with which we claim a kinship." — André Breton, Manifesto of Surrealism

"Each time I re-read Aurélia, a new shock of certainty in the pit of my stomach opens the eye to my heart: so I was observed! I was not alone in this world!" — René Daumal

Inhaltsangabe: Aurelia is French poet and novelist Gerard de Nerval's account of his descent into madness--a condition provoked in part by his unrequited passion for an actress named Jenny Colon. One of the original self-styled "bohemians," Nerval was best known in his own day for parading a lobster on a pale blue ribbon through the gardens of the Palais-Royal, and was posthumously notorious for his suicide in 1855, hanging from an apron string he called the garter of the Queen of Sheba. This hallucinatory document of dreams, obsession and insanity has fascinated artists such as Joseph Cornell, who cited passages from it to explain his own work; Antonin Artaud, who saw his own madness mirrored by Nerval's; and Andre Breton, who placed Nerval in the highest echelon of Surrealist heroes. Geoffrey Wagner's translation of Aurelia was first published by Grove Press in 1959, but has remained out of print for nearly 20 years. Also included in this volume are previously untranslated stories by Marc Lowenthal, and poet Robert Duncan's version of the sonnet cycle Chimeras, making this the most complete collection of Nerval's influential oeuvre ever published in English.

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