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Hebdomeros with Monseiur Dudron's Adventure and Other Metaphysical Writings Paperback – February 2, 2004
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Hebdomeros cannot be said to have a story or a plot; it is more like an extended series of visions, a tour through the protagonist's dreamlike experiences. The story has an odd familiarity in the form of a similarity to the disconnectedness and illogicality of our dreams or reveries. It feels like being immersed in somebody's dream. Hebdomeros is a featureless being; this novel is not about him but about his experiences.
This novel is like a form of prose poetry. The scenes and images he strings together paint for the mind's eye the same sort of haunting, desolate images represented in his famous works. People, places, things and events have an inner logic of their own, but they all somehow harmonize together into a coherence reminiscent of our dreams.
This is perhaps one of the few novels that can make you look forward to reading it a second time. It is a testament to De Chirico's genius as an artist that he was able to so successfully translate into another medium the world created by his famous works of visual art.
But let me offer a sample:
"Already the air grew warmer and the plants turned green on the plain; the goatherds had come down from the surrounding mountains and played cheerful tunes on their long copper flutes; spring was in the air; in this Nordic country it arrived suddenly, with the striking effect of a stage décor appearing behind a rising curtain; an air of symbolism floated over nature; hundreds of tiny waterfalls, fed by the melting snows, tumbled down the mountainsides; angels with enormous wings, like those of eagles but interwoven with feathers as white and soft as goose feathers, sat by the wayside, one hand on the huge milestones that bore the sculptured likeness of two-headed Janus surmounted by a male sex organ; the angels were watching with a melancholy air the couples who moved off arm in arm beneath the almond trees in blossom."
If this piques your curiosity, then you're in for an astonishing journey, one with all the hyper-reality of a dream, continually pregnant with meaning & possibility. While it's definitely not for everyone, it's a truly visionary work, one that carries the reader in its wise, mysterious embrace to another world.
But as fellow Surrealist Paul Eluard once wrote, "There is another world, and it is this one."
That's the key to this novel, and to Surrealism itself -- the desire, the hunger, the quest to reveal the Marvelous, which is to be found in this world, all around us, if we would only open our eyes & see it fresh. Most highly recommended!
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There are several english lanquage editions of this wonderful novel,written in french in 1929 and mysteriously translated into english in 1964. Read morePublished 16 months ago by August Treesun
Forget plot. Who needs it when the author is as skilled and imaginative as de Chirico, and with "Hebdemeros", de Chirico has created a surrealistic masterpiece that rivals the... Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by PuroShaggy
Those who've sampled the often arrogant and self-glorifying work of Breton and other surrealists will find Hebdomeros to be unique. Read morePublished on June 10, 2001