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Synopsis: “He has an evening suit, but never an occasion to wear it, so he puts it on when he paints his pictures.”
Insel, the only novel by the surrealist master Mina Loy, is a book like no other—about an impossible friendship amid the glamorous artistic bohemia of 1930s Paris.
German painter Insel is a perpetual sponger and outsider—prone to writing elegant notes with messages like “Am starving to death except for a miracle—three o’clock Tuesday afternoon will be the end”—but somehow writer and art dealer Mrs. Jones likes him.
Together, they sit in cafés, hatch grand plans, and share their artistic aspirations and disappointments. And they become friends. But as they grow ever closer, Mrs. Jones begins to realize just how powerful Insel’s hold over her is.
Unpublished during Loy’s lifetime, Insel—which is loosely based on her friendship with the painter Richard Oelze—is a supremely surrealist, deliberately excessive creation: baroque in style, yet full of deft comedy and sympathy. Now, with an alternate ending only recently unearthed in the Loy archives, Insel is finally back in print, and Loy’s extraordinary achievement can be appreciated by a new generation of readers.
About the Author:
Mina Loy (1882–1966) was born Mina Gertrude Lowy in London to a Hungarian father and an English mother. Originally trained as a painter, she was at the center of all the great artistic movements of the first half of the twentieth century: she wrote Futurist manifestos in Italy (including the “Feminist Manifesto,” which denounced the misogyny and incipient fascist tendencies of Futurism); her poem “Brancusi’s Golden Bird” appeared alongside T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” in The Dial; she starred in plays in Greenwich Village in the 1920s with William Carlos Williams; she was friends with Duchamp and Man Ray; she ran a lampshade business with Peggy Guggenheim; and in the 1940s, she lived on the Bowery, where she collected trash for found-art collages, as in the style of her friend Joseph Cornell, whose work she championed. During one of her earlier stints in New York, she met the love of her life, Arthur Cravan, the Dadaist poet and boxer who disappeared in mysterious circumstances shortly after their marriage. Only two collections of her work were published in her lifetime, Lunar Baedecker (1923) and Lunar Baedecker and the Time Tables (1958). She died in Aspen, Colorado, in 1966.
Elizabeth Arnold, a scholar and poet, is the author of Effacement and two other collections.
Sarah Hayden is Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of English, University College Cork. Her monograph, Curious Disciplines: Mina Loy and Avant-Garde Artisthood, is forthcoming in the Recencies series at University of New Mexico Press.
Publisher: Black Sparrow Pr
Book Condition: GOOD
Book Description Melville House Pub, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. reprint edition. 184 pages. 8.00x5.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __1612193536
Book Description MELVILLE HOUSE PUBLISHING, United States, 2014. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Good. TRADE PAPERBACK Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Fiction and Poetry>Popular Fiction>Classic and Allegory. Book: USED, Good. Bookseller Inventory # 01978161219353301. Bookseller Inventory # 01978161219353301
Book Description Melville House Pub, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. reprint edition. 184 pages. 8.00x5.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zr1612193536
Book Description Melville House, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1612193536
Book Description Black Sparrow Pr, Santa Rosa, California, U.S.A., 1991. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Binding sound, text clean, light shelf wear. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 5052514
Book Description Black Sparrow Press, Santa Rosa CA, 1991. Octavo; paperback; 196pp. Minior wear; faintly spotted text block edges. Near fine. Bookseller Inventory # 66081
Book Description Black Sparrow Press, U.S.A., 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press. 1991. One of 280 trade copies printed. 196 pages. Forward by Roger Conover. 196 pages. Phoograph of Mina Loy by Man Ray. Appendices. Yellow cloth spine over color illustrated boards. Near fine copy with the clear acetate dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 088169