HARPAZO (v.): 1) to seize, carry off my force. 2) to seize on, claim for onself eagerly. 3) to snatch out or away.
Nadja by Andre Breton was first published in France in 1928. The novel is often considered a defining piece of Surrealism.
The novel describes the author’s restless and obsessive relationship with Nadja, his young lover, as well as his relationship with life in Paris.
The last time I read Nadja I was probably 18 or 19, but loved the book for the anxiety and malaise depicted. More than a woman, Nadja is a metaphor, maybe a vision, and represents the life we desire rather than the life we live. Nadja is like the white whale, always just out of reach.
Published between the World Wars, Nadja represents the longing and disaffection that characterize the art of the times. The story is told in a first person narrative…
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