Break of Day

Breton, Andr

| 1999

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Originally published in France in 1934, "Break of Day" is Andre Breton's second collection of critical and polemical essays, following "The Lost Steps" (Nebraska 1996). In fewer than two hundred pages, it captures the first full decade of the surrealist movement. The collection opens with an essay composed in 1924 that examines key elements of surrealism and concludes with Breton's harsh revaluation in 1933 of automatic writing. Among the other essays in the volume are 'Refusal to Inter' and 'Legitimate Defense', two pieces that, in translator Mark Polizzotti's words, 'mark surrealism's conscious break from the mainstream and the beginning of its attempts to work alongside the French Communist Party'.Also included are 'Surrealism and the Treatment of Mental Illness', which addresses Breton's complex, ambivalent views on mental illness and the emerging psychiatric establishment; 'Introduction...

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