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Down Below

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Down Below by Leonora Carrington
  • Paperback $14.00

    Apr 18, 2017 | 112 Pages

  • Ebook $8.99

    Apr 18, 2017 | 112 Pages

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“[B]rief and unflinchingly honest…a candid, painful, and personal account of someone’s darkest hours…In a very helpful introduction to the book, novelist Marina Warner writes that Carrington was persuaded to write the memoir by surrealism’s literary founder, André Breton, who viewed her genuine, unaffected descent into true madness as surrealism at its most pure. As such, it seems a case can be made that this little book is indeed the gold standard of surrealist literature.” —Publishers Weekly

Down Below is not only a radical reworking of the Surrealist narrative of female madness: it is a sophisticated experiment with reason, subjectivity and the narrative voice, in which Carrington is able to speak clearly of madness from the outside, to speak clearly of what is within it, of its ins and outs, without committing wholly to memoir or to art.” —Joanna Walsh, Verso Books (blog)

“Her stories are vivid, funny and surprisingly fresh…[they] combine satire with surrealist situations to deftly mock the pomposity of organized religion, sexual repression or the endless forms of bureaucratic hypocrisy and ineptitude… She controls her imagery, amuses us with her tweaking of the bourgeoisie and moves us with her dazzling dreamscapes, all the while firmly maintaining her slightly bemused sang-froid.” —Richard Burgin, The New York Times

“While other Surrealists played at madness, she was intimate with it.” —Peter Campbell, London Review of Books

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