Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton (1995) by Mark Polizzotti is a biography of the poet/essayist André Breton, who is the founder of the Surrealist movement in literature, and with his early works such as The Magnetic Fields (1920), began the literary movement that is an expression of psychic automatism, evolving from the Paris Dada movement after the performance of the Tristan Tzara drama The Gas Heart (1921). It is the role of the biographer/translator to familiarize his, or herself, with the life of the poet, and Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton is based on extensive research on the events which make up André Breton's life, becoming a monumental work on the contribution of André Breton and the Surrealist poets, novelists, and artists to the innovative literature of the 20th Century.
Interview with Mark Polizzotti
Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton analyzes the creation of André Breton's early writings, such as the The Magnetic Fields (1920) by André Breton and Philippe Soupault, a collaborative text that shows the poetic style of visionary writing that foreshadows future events in the development of the Surrealist movement.
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The Magnetic Fields represents the early poetic style of André Breton and Philippe Soupault, with the transition in scene from the "impetuous rivers" which thrilled the young poets, to the peaceful "reflections" in the woods of the present moment of writing. Mark Polizzotti describes the collaboration of André Breton and Philppe Soupault as a "two headed author," similar to the Hydra-headed monster that is known from mythology.
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.