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Paris Peasant (1926) is one of the central works of Surrealism, yet Exact Change's edition is the first U.S. publication of Simon Watson Taylor's authoritative translation, completed after consultations with the author. Unconventional in form--Aragon consciously avoided recognizable narration or character development--Paris Peasant is, in the author's words, “a mythology of the modern.” The book uses the city of Paris as a stage or framework, and Aragon interweaves his text with images of related ephemera: café menus, maps, inscriptions on monuments and newspaper clippings. A detailed description of a Parisian arcade (nineteenth-century precursor to the mini-mall) and another of the Buttes-Chaumont park, are among the great set pieces within Aragon's swirling prose of philosophy, dream and satire. André Breton wrote of this work: “no one could have been a more astute detector of the unwonted in all its forms; no one else could have been carried away by such intoxicating reveries about a sort of secret life of the city. . . .”
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Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1971. Condition: Used: Acceptable. ex library hardback with D/J. Usual stamps/markings. 1971 translation of the French original of 1926 published by Jonathan Cape with 222pp. DJ ok little grubby/faded, page edges little grubby. In fair/good overall condition. *25E*. Seller Inventory # SFL2-21E11
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. Extensive Penned Annotations. The Top Edges Of He Unclipped Dj Have Wear And Tear. Seller Inventory # 140261-09
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1971. Hardback. Condition: Very Good-. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-. First English Edition. VG-/VG-, purple cloth boards with gilt, in a vividly illustrated white, green and purple d/jkt, discloured and slightly frayed to the top and bottom edges, and the front flap has a vertical fold; the insides of the boards and the first and last endpapers also shoe signs of toning due to age but the text inside is clean and bright. The most important work of imaginative prose to come our of surrealism in a UK first edition. ; 8.1" x 5.25" x 0.9"; 224 pages. Seller Inventory # 26410