Predictable compositions devoted sameness symbiotic deceptions. Complex ties conclusive positions resigned consequences. One love two loves true loves. The silent quality of being transcending the now. Infinite moments losing their sound concluding in ultimate pause. Rites of goodbyes finally becoming white.
Nadja is when you lose someone you've never met. Nadja is to be found wherever you can't see her.
She stands in a street you walk every day without even knowing. She's the sound of the rain pouring down as you sigh for no particular reason and look up at no particular sight, feeling her overwhelming absence. Enjoying her unlikely presence. She's the first thought of the day, one second before you open your eyes and realise where you are, maybe Nadja. She's the first thought of the day, one second before you open your eyes and realise where you are, maybe even whom.
She's the last conscious breath before you fall asleep, pondering all the million variables of that thought. Nadja, Nadja, Nadja. The one you see as any possible and impossible direction your life could take in the next five minutes. The one who was there when you didn't know her; the one you know but isn't there anymore.
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Nadja makes you wonder whether she exists or not. She's the things you see and the way you see things. The first half of Hope: Illusion. The second half of Hope: Loss. Innocent madness. Mad innocence. The one you love for the sake of loving. To remind yourself you still want to love.
Desperately hoping for something you don't want to happen. Nadja, smiling and saying she'll be fine for a couple more minutes. Overjoyed by such an achievement and crying for the foreknowledge of pain. Nadja takes root in your heart. She's the grain of wheat that doesn't die and produces much fruit all the same.
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You start looking for her the very moment you find her. She's everywhere you want her to be. She disappears when you need her most. For you, my Nadja. Je t'aime. View all 6 comments. May 24, Andreea rated it liked it. A lot of writers nowadays would describe their books as 'surreal' when they really mean full of pretentious randomness, but this is the real deal - complete with drawings reproductions and Max Ernst cameos. But beside the surrealism and the exciting format, it's really just Manic Pixie Dream Girl in early 20th century Paris.
Apr 20, Nate D rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , surrealism , interwar-maladies , theory. Finally got around to reading this cornerstone of surrealist lit, somewhat underwhelmed. Nadja's meaning for Breton is a little obscure but it seems to be embodied in sentiments like this: Perhaps life needs to be deciphered like a cryptogram.
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Secret staircases, frames from which the paintings quickly slip aside and vanish giving way to an archangel bearing a sword or to those who forever advance , buttons which must be indirectly pressed to make an entire room move sideways or vertically, or im Finally got around to reading this cornerstone of surrealist lit, somewhat underwhelmed.
Secret staircases, frames from which the paintings quickly slip aside and vanish giving way to an archangel bearing a sword or to those who forever advance , buttons which must be indirectly pressed to make an entire room move sideways or vertically, or immediately change all its furnishings; we may imagine the mind's greatest adventure as journey of this sort to the paradise of pitfalls.
This is great. The actual trajectory of Breton's relationship with Nadja, however, is somewhat less exciting. I like the endless wandering of the streets of Paris, less so Breton's self-importance, both in introducing all his notable friends earlier in the book, and in his dealings with and musings about Nadja later. Honestly, I'd rather hear Nadja's own account of Breton, and more importantly, of her inner life, rather than Breton's impressions of it. Incidentally, Leona Camille Ghislain D. Any other record of her thoughts or of the apparent or-so letters she wrote to Breton are sadly yet unpublished.
Nov 07, knig rated it it was ok Shelves: natch. Of surrealism, naturalmente. Andre Breton, writing as Andre Breton, spends the first half of the novel meandering through the streets of Paris, posting photos of his favourite haunts, and namedropping par excellence.
There is also a soupcon of random musings on theatre, art and literature. Engaging, but nothing that will set the world on fire. Then onto the scene charges Nadja. The ruminations above are necessary to justify the mundane story of a married middle aged man embarking in an adulterous affair with a vulnerable younger woman who happens to be enthralled by his intellect and success as an author. Civilized, eh? Case closed. View all 5 comments. Nov 23, Jonfaith rated it really liked it.
I found this artful.
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It worked on a cloudy Friday, a holiday from work. Shorn of ambition and venturing out for a pint or two of Czech pilsner. A man of letters encounters a beguiling woman.
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Something like synchronicity develops, though with blurred edges that suggest a chemical imbalance. This brief novel reaches out to other works, other authors. There are plenty of photographs and drawings from the mysterious Nadja. The capricious perforations denote the surrealist logic. Nadja is a lodestar in milieu where the masses froth and scream for prophets and assassins.
Feb 10, Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it Recommends it for: introverted lovers. Shelves: french-fiction. Sep 26, Tia Katrina Canlas rated it it was amazing. Andre Breton incorporates some of my favorite things into a love story: fortune tellers, random footnotes, prison abolition, psychologically questionable doodles, and interesting nicknames.
Nov 08, Cody rated it it was amazing Shelves: favoritism , freedom-fries. One of the keystones of modern French literature. I see that some fellow Goodreader's take fault with it not being surreal 'enough. Is it great beyond all proportion? Then who gives a rat's asphalted asshole what 'school' it belongs to?
That's like hating Curtis Mayfield for not being Glenn Danzig: it makes no goddamn sense, especially as both are lower-case geniuses. Labels: protecting you from poison since 'whenever-the-shit' AD. Also bear in mind the c One of the keystones of modern French literature.
Also bear in mind the continuum. How early does this fall on Surrealisms? Certainly one of humanity's greatest crimes, right behind consigning the first three Grand Funk Railroad records to obscurity in favor of "We're An American Band" and "Some Kind of Wonderful. Aug 20, Trina rated it liked it Shelves: fiction. This book was extremely hard to jump into. The sentences are convoluted with all sorts of subordinate clauses and whackiness. For instance: "Over and above the various prejudices I acknowledge, the affinities I feel, the attractions I succumb to, the events which occur to me and to me alone--over and above a sum of movements I am conscious of making, of emotions I alone experience--I strive, in relation to other men, to discover the nature, if not the necessity, of my difference from them.
Or like I was being given a grammar puzzle to diagram. Luckily, around page 60, when Nadja is actually introduced as a character, the form became more straight-forwardly narrative and, thus, more enjoyable to my taxed mind. The descriptions of Nadja's mental deterioration were wonderful and creepy. Plus points for the word "chimera". Dec 01, Jim Elkins rated it liked it Shelves: french.
I have written at length on this book on another site, writingwithimages. For this review I only want to note an amazing obtuseness in this book. I suppose it could make sense to call this a psychoanalytic masterpiece, because of the time and place it was written, as part of the Surrealist project, and as evidence of Breton's reading of Freud. But psychologically, it is a horror show.
In the book Breton is married; he starts seeing Nadja, and it never occurs to him -- as a narrator, for for sake I have written at length on this book on another site, writingwithimages.
In the book Breton is married; he starts seeing Nadja, and it never occurs to him -- as a narrator, for for sake of writing, or fiction -- to say anything about how he feels about his wife, or vice versa.
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