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Surrealist Games (Shambhala Redstone Editions)

Alastair Brotchie (Compiler), Mel Gooding (Editor)

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ISBN 10: 0877738750 / ISBN 13: 9780877738756
Published by Shambhala, 2003
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Title: Surrealist Games (Shambhala Redstone ...

Publisher: Shambhala

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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The Surrealist movement that arose in Europe in the early 1900s used playful procedures and systematic stratagems to create provocative works and challenge the conventions of art, literature, and society. They conducted their experiments through art and polemic, manifesto and demonstration, love and politics. But it was above all through game-playing that they sought to subvert academic modes of inquiry and undermine the complacent certainties of the bourgeoisie.

Surrealist games is a delightful compendium that allows the reader to enjoy firsthand the methodologies of the Surreal, with their amazing swings between the verbal and the visual, the beautiful and the grotesque.

It is also a box of games to play for fun: poetic, imaginative, revelatory, full of possibilities for unlocking the door to the unconscious and releasing the poetry of collective creativity. The boxed set contains:
   ·  A 168-page sewn, illustrated hardcover book packed with outrageous language games, alternative card games, "Dream Lotto," and automatic techniques for making poems, stories, collages, photomontages, and candle-smoke drawings. The illustrations are by such artists as Max Ernst, Hans Arp, and Tristan Tzara
   ·  A fold-out game board for the "Goose Game," designed by André Breton, Yves Tanguy, and others
   ·  A Little Surrealist Dictionary


"This extraordinary collection of word games, visual tricks, and intellectual assaults on the conventional is a treasure trove of the artistic and socio-linguistic conundrums which the Surrealists—André Breton, Tristan Tzara and their associates—cultivated. Its compiler, Alastair Brotchie, reminds us that for the Surrealists games were an important item in the armoury of unexpected weaponry with which they waged war on bourgeois society and thought."— The Spectator
"Of great value to teachers, comedy writers, and other problem-solvers, this is an illustrated compendium of ways to be inventive, humorous or absurd through deliberate irresponsibility or 'planned incongruity.'"— Ballast Quarterly Review
"These games will prove to you that not only was Lautremont justified as to poetry; one could add a rider: 'Surrealism too can be made by all.'"— The Times Literary Supplement

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