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  • Series: Solar Books - Solar Art Directives
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Solar Books; Revised edition (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971457832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971457836
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dali's paintings reveal in the most powerful form the basic elements of the Surrealist imagination: a series of equations for dealing with the extraordinary transformations of our age. Let us salute this unique genius, who has counted for the first time the multiplication tables of obsession, psychopathology and possibility" - J.G. Ballard"

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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`Diary of a Genius' is an honest and real study of the world's most acclaimed surrealist painter.
Conan the Librarian
A rollercoaster ride that twists and turns through the mind of Dali offering cohesive dialogue and thoughts blended with undecipherable rants and hallucinations.
Jason R. Bowers
With all the respect and love for Gala that Dali shows it makes me wonder if the secret life of his betrays Gala.
Adam J. Walsh

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Supposedly, some small corner of the mind tosses its dice continuously, trying every combination of fact against every other. Next some filter removes the nonsense - most of it - and lets through a few drops of insight. In some few minds, a droplet or two more forms steady trickle of meaningful creativity.

In Dalí, the floodgates had opened. Every experience, even seeing a hotel bellboy, spilling some coffee, or flatulence, had mystic and mythic meaning for him. Read just a few of his words, and you know that you can't just read his words. Ideas swirled around him in chaotic orbits, like his beloved flies. His writing makes me think of a show of fireworks, which an author tries to describe by tracing a few dozen especially brilliant sparks.

Three things stand out as invariant across Dalí's life, as he tells it. The second is Gala, his wife, muse, agent, and tour-guide to planet earth. The third is enthusiasm for everything, a degree of involvement with his world that permeates his vision and hearing, but also his senses of smell, touch, and all things of the body. That level of everyday intensity would stun most people in just minutes, and probably kill some.

The first point in Dalí's world is, of course, Dalí. I can not describe Dalí on Dalí, you must experience that first-hand.

//wiredweird
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "geenalean" on May 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dali is an insane being. However, if you like to be stimulated then this is the best book to do the job.I found Diary of a genius to be an "out-there" kinda book. I absoultely adored it. Between Dali's interrestings ideas he kept you laughing. A must read for the half insane.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
the great dali offers a glimpse of the workings of his twisted mind with chapters dedicated to subjects such as: the universe as a four-buttock continum, over 100 uses for a whale bone and how he turned into a fish. a must read for pure laughter and looney inspiration.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nin Chan on July 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a far cry from the inspired, megalomaniacal lyricism of 'The Secret Life' (flip through the passages on America, which rival Apollinaire in their infectiously effusive enthusiasm). Instead, what we have here is an 'anecdotic' (Dalian neologism), haphazard pasti...che of pseudo-Jarryian slapstick, right-wing posturing and pointless self-aggrandizement. The sole redeeming section of the book, which speaks about Dali's relationship with Rene Crevel, is, as one might expect, refracted through Dali's emotional evasiveness and dissimulation. The rest of this book, it has to be said, is flimsy and insubstantial.

Also of marginal interest are his rather fragmentary notes on his rupture with the Surrealists- again, as with his intimations on Lorca and Crevel, one discerns between the lines a muted admiration for Breton that persisted throughout Dali's life, suggesting the ambivalence and guilt that Dali felt toward the Surrealist movement following his expulsion. I believe this gives the lie to Dali's repeated insistence that Surrealism was an asphyxiating straitjacket that he outgrew over time. It is perhaps tragic that we learn very little about other people in Dali's scribblings, so inexorable is his need to reduce others to being mere signposts punctuating his interminable pilgrimage toward genius. What results is a solipsistic slew of hackneyed jokes, an endless gag reel with canned laughter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason R. Bowers on April 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Hilarious and captivating!

A rollercoaster ride that twists and turns through the mind of Dali offering cohesive dialogue and thoughts blended with undecipherable rants and hallucinations. This book gives the reader an intimate view of an artistic genius through the eyes and actions of Dali. He walks a thin line between genius and madman, mostly the latter. If it were not for his beloved wife Gala there would be no doubt in my mind that he ever would have become anything close to a genius. Gala gave Dali order, anchored him in the real world and created the force behind his paintings.

Dali was definitely the master of creating hype. No matter what he was doing, there would be scandal, controversy and snobbery, as he refers to it. Dali created spectacle from his home in Port Lligat, Spain to his frequent travels to New York and Paris. He was loved by those he reviled and despised by those people he loved primarily Picasso and his own father. Obsessed with bowl movements, buttocks and rhinoceros horns Dali often relied on these images to create the meaning behind his works.

By far one of the best speakers, Dali manipulated his audiences into accepting his approach and ideology on Surrealist art and artists. The media even listened and published numerous articles in newspapers and magazines on the happenings of his life's art. Often playing both sides of a situation, disagreement or battle, he always comes out on top still remaining allies with all parties involved.

I would recommend taking the two or three nights it would take to read this book and jump into the mind of this Surrealist genius/madman, Dali. If you hold on to the end you will experience the revered irrational mindset of this artisan and forever hold a new understanding of Dali's revolutionary ideas and works.
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