The Republic of Dreams: A Reverie

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An illustrated tour de force and surreal dream-come-to-life for all those who love art, passion, fine wine, and Griffin and Sabine.

An island republic located in the Mid-Atlantic, somewhat south of Bermuda, between the Sea of Clouds and the Sea of the Unseen, the Republic of Dreams is populated by all those who have an instinctive dislike of the narrow limitations of common sense ― dreamers, artists, eccentrics, and poets. They love love, youth, old age, beauty, splendor, wisdom, generosity, music, song, the feast, and the dance.

In this spectacular dream landscape ― where few places are not commemorated by an artist's inspiration, a philosopher's wit, or a poet's insight ― author/artist/narrator G. Garfield Crimmins rediscovers his alter ego, Victor La Nuage, and his sensuous lover, Nadja La Claire. Together, with the help of the elusive Dr. Prometheus, they seek to evade the machinations of the life-denying, imagination-stifling enemy of the Republic of Dreams and its citizens: the armed and dangerous League of Common Sense.

Joyously illustrated in Deco-Dada-Surrealist spirit, and complete with souvenir maps, telegrams, postcards, a poetic license, and a passport for return voyages, The Republic of Dreams gives escape literature a good name. A glorious affirmation of the dreamer within, it is a great gift for one's inner self and for many kindred spirits.

  • "I know there will always be an island far away."―André Breton
  • Postcards, passport, poetic license, and maps ready-for-framing included

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G. Garfield Crimmins is an artist living in Pennsylvania.

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Surrealist fiction, consisting of the recollections of a man transported to the island republic of Rves (pronounced rev), ``located in the mid-Atlantic, somewhere south of Bermuda, between the Sea of Clouds and the Sea of the Unseen.'' The citizens of the republic (which is generally invisible) are, according to excerpts from a guidebook included in the text, ``artists, dreamers, and eccentrics who have an instinctive dislike of the narrow limitations of common sense'' and who revere ``the boundless infinity of the realms of the imagination.'' Along with a number of playfully altered photographs, montages, and some brilliantly colored, appropriately dreamlike, paintings, a series of faux documents have been bound into the book (a technique pioneered in the Griffin and Sabine trilogy), including envelopes with telegrams and a map of Rves. While the central narrative has something to do with the pursuit of an elusive beauty (Nadja La Claire) across the Rverian landscape, the work is at heart a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the alluring (and disorienting) power of the imagination: a witty, ingenious entertainment, filled with sly references to the paintings and writings of the French surrealists - and a first for author/artist/narrator Crimmins. It's hard, after all, to resist a country governed by poets who spend their days drafting ``exceptions to the rule,'' whose inhabitants value ``wisdom . . . the feast and the dance,'' and who spend their days practicing ``mischief as much as poetry.'' (Four-color art throughout.) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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