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A whimsical tale about an 18th c. visionary saint discovered 200 years after her death by the French Surrealists who worshipped her as the patron saint of the subconscious. Saint Leonora sees in her dreams the dark future of humanity: floods, wars, revolutions, falling governments and more. With her eyes closed between dreaming and meditation she dictates her visions to a nun seated by her bedside. As described in scholarly and witty words, illustrated with imagination and irony, it may well be the greatest and most unique Surrealist work ever in its ability to alter our perceptions of reality.
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Agnieszka Taborska, art historian and writer, teaches 20th century European art and literature at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Her main area of interest is French Surrealism, the significance of women in the movement and the impact Surrealism has on contemporary art. She has published numerous books and essays in Poland. Her works of fiction have been translated into German, Japanese and Korean and have received literary prices in Germany. Artist Selena Kimball has shown her work in group and solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. She has collaborated with writers and filmakers and her animations have been screened at film festivals internationally.Review:
Agnieszka Taborska's book, with collages by Selena Kimball, proves the ongoing power of the surrealist imagination to alter our perceptions of reality. Though hitherto unrecorded, the magnificent interventions of the Spanish Carmelite Leonora de la Cruz -- somnolent, visionary, transgressive, magical -- will ensure her a place in the pantheon of surrealist women, real and mythic, who embody poet André Breton's insistence that beauty 'will be convulsive or it will not be.' A stunning addition to the literature of surrealism.... --Whitney Chadwick
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