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Brief essays discuss Joan Miro, Arnold Schonberg, Jean Arp, Fred Astaire, Erik Satie, Stephane Mallarme, Claude Levi-Strauss, Georges Bataille, ethnography, alchemy, and opera
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These 51 essays and short pieces by French surrealist poet/art critic Leiris include incandescent tributes to such writers as Tristan Tzara, Max Jacob, Hans Arp, Paul Eluard, Pierre Reverdy, Andre Masson and Aime Cesaire. Leiris, who has a Gallic fondness for complex sentences and ratiocination, intelligently fathoms Eric Satie's music, Alberto Giacometti's lean statues and Pablo Picasso's drawings of centaurs and fauns. A wonderful one-page essay, "Metaphor," prepares the reader for his analysis of filmic "talkies" and his ruthless decoding of dancer Fred Astaire ("slightly macabre clown") as a symbol of our time. Anthropological excursions touch on the symbolic significance of human saliva and Haitian voodooists' use of Catholic holy images. This miscellany includes reviews of plays by Jean-Paul Sartre and Federico Garcia Lorca, along with appreciations of Joan Miro, Arnold Schonberg, Raymond Queneau, Michel Butor.
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Book Description North Point Press, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110865473757