Best Surrealist Literary Criticism Books

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1. The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text (The Schocken Kafka Library), Book Cover May Vary

Author: by Franz Kafka
0805209999
Schocken (May 25, 1999)
English

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Written in 1914, The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information.

Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, Kafka’s nightmare has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers. This new edition is based upon the work of an international team of experts who have restored the text, the sequence of chapters, and their division to create a version that is as close as possible to the way the author left it.

In his brilliant translation, Breon Mitchell masterfully reproduces the distinctive poetics of Kafka’s prose, revealing a novel that is as full of energy and power as it was when it was first written.


2. Art That Changed the World: Transformative Art Movements and the Paintings That Inspired Them

Author: by DK
DK
English
400 pages

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Experience the uplifting power of art on this breathtaking visual tour of 2,500 paintings and sculptures created by more than 700 artists from Michelangelo to Damien Hirst. This beautiful book brings you the very best of world art from cave paintings to Neoexpressionism.

Enjoy iconic must-see works, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and Monet’s Waterlilies and discover less familiar artists and genres from all parts of the globe. Art That Changed the World covers the full sweep of world art, including the Ming era in China, and Japanese, Hindu, and Indigenous Australian art.

It analyses recurring themes such as love and religion, explaining key genres from Romanesque to Conceptual art. Art That Changed the World explores each artist’s key works and vision, showing details of their technique, such as Leonardo’s use of light and shade.

It tells the story of avant-garde works like Manet’s Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe (Lunch on the Grass), which scandalized society, and traces how one genre informed another showing how the Impressionists were inspired by Gustave Courbet, for example, and how Van Gogh was influenced by Japanese prints.


3. Codex Seraphinianus

Author: by Luigi Serafini
Rizzoli

English
396 pages

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An extraordinary and surreal art book, this edition has been redesigned by the author and includes new illustrations. Ever since the Codex Seraphinianus was first published in 1981, the book has been recognized as one of the strangest and most beautiful art books ever made.

This visual encyclopedia of an unknown world written in an unknown language has fueled much debate over its meaning. Written for the information age and addressing the import of coding and decoding in genetics, literary criticism, and computer science, the Codex confused, fascinated, and enchanted a generation.

While its message may be unclear, its appeal is obvious: it is a most exquisite artifact. Blurring the distinction between art book and art object, this anniversary edition-redesigned by the author and featuring new illustrations-presents this unique work in a new, unparalleled light.

With the advent of new media and forms of communication and continuous streams of information, the Codex is now more relevant and timely than ever. A special limited and numbered deluxe edition that includes a signed print is also available.


4. Franz Kafka: The Complete Stories

Author: by Franz Kafka
Schocken
English
488 pages

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The Complete Stories brings together all of Kafka’s stories, from the classic tales such as The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, and A Hunger Artist to shorter pieces and fragments that Max Brod, Kafka’s literary executor, released after Kafka’s death.

With the exception of his three novels, the whole of Kafka’s narrative work is included in this volume.


5. Ernst Haas: New York in Color, 1952-1962

Author: by Phillip Prodger
Prestel (October 6, 2020)
English
208 pages

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The first book on master photographer Ernst Haas’s work dedicated to both his classic and newly discovered New York City color photographs of the 1950s and 60s. Ernst Haas’s color works reveal the photographer’s remarkable genius and remind us on every page why we love New York.

When Haas moved from Vienna to New York City in 1951, he left behind a war-torn continent and a career producing black-and-white images. For Haas, the new medium of color photography was the only way to capture a city pulsing with energy and humanity.

These images demonstrate Haas’s tremendous virtuosity and confidence with Kodachrome film and the technical challenges of color printing. Unparalleled in their depth and richness of color, brimming with lyricism and dramatic tension, these images reveal a photographer at the height of his career.


6. Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The

Author: by Audre Lorde
0241339723
English
9780241339725

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From the self-described ‘black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet’, these soaring, urgent essays on the power of women, poetry and anger are filled with darkness and light. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour.

Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York’s underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.


7. After Dark (Vintage International)

Author: by Haruki Murakami
0307278735
Vintage
English

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In After Darka gripping novel of late night encountersMurakami’s trademark humor and psychological insight are distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery. Nineteen-year-old Mari is waiting out the night in an anonymous Denny’s when she meets a young man who insists he knows her older sister, thus setting her on an odyssey through the sleeping city.

In the space of a single night, the lives of a diverse cast of Tokyo residentsmodels, prostitutes, mobsters, and musicianscollide in a world suspended between fantasy and reality. Utterly enchanting and infused with surrealism, After Dark is a thrilling account of the magical hours separating midnight from dawn.


8. Antkind: A Novel

Author: by Charlie Kaufman
Random House
English
720 pages

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The bold and boundlessly original debut novel from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York. LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE A dyspeptic satire that owes much to Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon …

Propelled by Kaufman’s deep imagination, considerable writing ability and bull’s-eye wit.”The Washington PostAn astonishing creation …Riotously funny … An exceptionally good [book]. The New York Times Book Review Kaufman is a master of language …A sight to behold. NPR NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND MEN’S HEALTH B.

Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated film critic (failed academic, filmmaker, paramour, shoe salesman who sleeps in a sock drawer), stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film made by an enigmatic outsidera film he’s convinced will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core.

His hands on what is possibly the greatest movie ever madea three-month-long stop-motion masterpiece that took its reclusive auteur ninety years to completeB. Knows that it is his mission to show it to the rest of humanity. The only problem: The film is destroyed, leaving him the sole witness to its inadvertently ephemeral genius.


9. Wolf Kahn: Paintings and Pastels, 2010-2020 (ELECTA)

Author: by William C. Agee
English
224 pages
0847868591

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The most definitive and up-to-date book on the vibrant paintings and pastels by this popular modern master, which now serves as a memorable tribute to his artistic legacy. A celebration of the work of the beloved American artist Wolf Kahn (1927-2020), this volume focuses on the vivid colors of his luscious landscapes made in oil and in pastel during the last decade of his life.

The last study of Kahn’s art to be produced during his lifetime, and prepared in close collaboration with the artist, this publication now serves as a memorable tribute to his remarkable talents and legacy. A refugee from Nazi Germany, Wolf Kahn immigrated to the U.S.

In 1940, and after settling in New York City he studied with the influential artist and teacher Hans Hofmann. Kahn’s radiant hues, tangy color contrasts, and pervasive sense of light combine realism with the discipline of color field painting and place him at the forefront of American representational artists.

This richly illustrated book features a generous selection of paintings and pastels that showcase his bold, freewheeling style and feature a unique blend of realism and abstraction. During the last decade of his long and accomplished career, Kahn traded in the often-lyrical palette of his earlier landscapes for an increasingly brash and assertive chromatic vision-evidenced in electric hues ranging from acid yellow and hazard orange to saturated thalo blue.

10. Wind/Pinball: Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 (Two Novels) (Vintage International)

Author: by Haruki Murakami
Vintage
English
256 pages

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NATIONAL BESTSELLERWind/Pinball, a unique two-in-one volume, includes, on one side, Murakami’s first novel Hear the Wind Sing. When you flip the book over, you can read his second novel, Pinball, 1973. Each book has its own stunning cover. In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write.

The result: two remarkable short novelsHear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973that launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time. These powerful, at times surreal, works about two young men coming of agethe unnamed narrator and his friend the Ratare stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism.

They bear all the hallmarks of Murakami’s later books, and form the first two-thirds, with A Wild Sheep Chase, of the trilogy of the Rat. Widely available in English for the first time ever, newly translated, and featuring a new introduction by Murakami himself, Wind/Pinball gives us a fascinating insight into a great writer’s beginnings.

11. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Bantam Classics)

Author: by Lewis Carroll
0553213458
Bantam Classics
English

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In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford mathematician with a stammer, created a story about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Thus began the immortal adventures of Alice, perhaps the most popular heroine in English literature. Countless scholars have tried to define the charm of the Alice bookswith those wonderfully eccentric characters the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter et al.

By proclaiming that they really comprise a satire on language, a political allegory, a parody of Victorian children’s literature, even a reflection of contemporary ecclesiastical history. Perhaps, as Dodgson might have said, Alice is no more than a dream, a fairy tale about the trials and tribulations of growing upor down, or all turned roundas seen through the expert eyes of a child.

12. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: 150th Anniversary Edition

Author: by Lewis Carroll
Princeton University Press
English
136 pages

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A stunning anniversary edition of Alice’s adventures, illustrated by Salvador Dal Commemorating the 150th anniversary of one of the most beloved classics of children’s literature, this illustrated edition presents Alice like you’ve never seen her before. In 1865, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, an Oxford mathematician and Anglican deacon, published a story about a little girl who tumbles down a rabbit hole.

Thus was the world first introduced to Alice and her pseudonymous creator, Lewis Carroll. This beautiful new edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland features rarely seen illustrations by Salvador Dal that illuminate the surreal yet curiously logical and mathematical realm into which Alice famously falls.

In an informative and wide-ranging introduction, Carroll expert Mark Burstein discusses Dal’s connections with Carroll, his treatment of the symbolic figure of Alice, and the mathematical nature of Wonderland. In addition, mathematician Thomas Banchoff reflects on the friendship he shared with Dal and explores the mathematical undercurrents in Dal’s work.

13. Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency

Author: by Olivia Laing
English
368 pages
0393867390

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One of the finest writers of the new nonfiction (Harper’s Bazaar) explores the role of art in our tumultuous modern era. In this remarkable, inspiring collection of essays, acclaimed writer and critic Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the twenty-first century.

Funny Weather brings together a career’s worth of Laing’s writing about art and culture, examining their role in our political and emotional lives. She profiles Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O’Keeffe, reads Maggie Nelson and Sally Rooney, writes love letters to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, and explores loneliness and technology, women and alcohol, sex and the body.

With characteristic originality and compassion, she celebrates art as a force of resistance and repair, an antidote to a frightening political time. We’re often told that art can’t change anything. Laing argues that it can. Art changes how we see the world.

It makes plain inequalities and it offers fertile new ways of living.

14. Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar

Author: by Richard Brautigan
English
400 pages
0395500761

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An omnibus edition of three counterculture classics by Richard Brautigan that embody the spirit of the 1960s Trout Fishing in America is by turns a hilarious, playful, and melancholy novel that wanders from San Francisco through America’s rural waterways; In Watermelon Sugar expresses the mood of a new generation, revealing death as a place where people travel the length of their dreams, rejecting violence and hate; and The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster is a collection of nearly 100 poems, first published in 1968.

15. Alex Katz (ELECTA)

Author: by Carter Ratcliff
English
416 pages
0847866181

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The definitive Alex Katz book, like his iconic paintings, is larger than life. With more than 300 images, many unpublished, and a searching profile by an art historian who has studied the painter for more than half a century, this monograph charts the development of Katz’s singular American style.

2020 GOLD WINNER OF THE FOREWORD INDIES AWARD IN ART Alex Katz has found his audience. It’s not the first time. Over seven decades, the artist has developed his vision with determination as the tides of avant-garde and academic fashion ebbed and flowed.

His first audience was other painters (including de Kooning and Philip Guston), and today, still, he is perhaps best understood by other artists: those who appreciate how difficult it is to make something so simple, so well. Working in a representational style while his classmates celebrated Abstract Expressionism, eschewing slick surfaces for a pared-down view while his peers went glossy with Pop, Katz cleaved to one vision, a few locations, and subjects.

16. Trout Fishing in America

Author: by Richard Brautigan
Mariner Books
English
144 pages

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Richard Brautigan was a literary idol of the 1960s and 1970s whose comic genius and iconoclastic vision of American life caught the imagination of young people everywhere. He came of age during the Haight-Ashbury period and has been called the last of the Beats.

His early books became required reading for the hip generation, and on its publication Trout Fishing in America became an international bestseller. An indescribable romp, the novel is best summed up in one word: mayonnaise. This new edition includes an introduction by the poet Billy Collins, who first encountered Brautigan’s work as a student in California.