Cities of the Interior (1959) by Anaïs Nin is a large scale poetic novel that represents the height of literary style that was inspired by Surrealism, and the modernism of the early decades of the 20th Century. It is a monumental novel written by an author who has stayed true to the esthetic ideal of poetic prose, and it is an innovative novel that anticipates the direction of the 21st Century: with an inter(text)uality that is precise in psychological insight, with a narrator who is conscious of the painterly techniques of abstract art, with the use of Surrealist imagery, and the use of metaphor to write poetic prose. Anaïs Nin has an expansive, expository style that develops simple concepts into intricate metaphorical sentence structures, often considering the precise meaning of ideas we might wish to express, but lack the courage, or the meditative skill as an accomplished stylist to portray.
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David Detrich lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he has just completed The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending, an ultramodern Surrealist novel written in minimal squares. He is working on Dream the Presence of the Circular Breast Starfish Topography, a monumental Surrealist novel written with innovative typographical design. His first novel Big Sur Marvels & Wondrous Delights (2001) is available from Amazon. He is the editor of Innovative Fiction Magazine and Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations.