A Book Review by
Aurora (1926-27) published in 1946 by Michel Leiris is a Surrealist novel written in poetic prose with painterly characterizations that give this novel a sense of authenticity, with a time frame that extends back to the days of Alexander, when pirates sailed the seas. Michel Leiris knew the Cubists, including Pablo Picasso, and became a Surrealist when the movement began in 1924. The Surrealist novel follows the example of Soluble Fish (1924) by André Breton, and Aurora is written with the long sentence structures that convey an intricate metaphoric surreality to the precise descriptions by the narrator, who makes a multiplicity of allusions to the moment of reading: the present. Aurora is a brilliant innovative novel that has the perceptive intensity of a personality who has transcended time to write a classic novel of the Surrealist genre.
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. This year 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.