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Nadja by André Breton
Perhaps my life is nothing but an image of this kind; perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten. I myself shall continue living in my glass house where you can always see who comes to call, where everything hanging from the the ceiling and on the walls stays where it is as if by magic, where I sleep nights in a glass bed, under glass sheets, where who I am will sooner or later appear etched by a diamond.

André Breton
About the Author

Breton is perhaps the most well-known of the Surrealist Writers.
A biography on Breton is available online.
The Franceweb contains an article on Breton and the Surrealists (in French).
Read Breton on The Vice of Surrealism. (in French).


Within the pages of Nadja, Louis Aragon is featured, as well as other prominent members of the Paris Surrealist group. More on Surrealism may be found in the Collected Works of Antonin Artaud, and a good background on the precurser movement of Dada is provided by Hugo Ball's Flight Out of Time.

Breton was also interested in Freud, who didn't quite return the sentiment, and French analyst Jacques Lacan was finding his articles published in the Surrealist journals.