Nadja (1928), the second book published by André Breton, is one of the iconic works of the French surrealist movement. It begins with the question "Who am I?" It is based on Breton's actual interactions with a young woman, Nadja (actually Léona Camile Ghislaine Delacourt 1902–1941), over the course of ten days, and is presumed to be a semi-autobiographical description of his relationship with a mad patient of Pierre Janet. The book's non-linear structure is grounded in reality by references to other Paris surrealists such as Louis Aragon and 44 photographs. The last sentence of the book ("Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or will not be at all") provided the title for Pierre Boulez's flute concerto ...explosante-fixe.... Dating from 1960, the widely available English translation by Richard Howard is a translation of the first edition of Breton's novel, dating from 1928. Breton published a second, revised edition in 1964. No English translation of this second edition is currently available.
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original title: Nadja
language: French
date of publication: 1928
genre: novel
movement: surrealism
main subject: Léona Delcourt
narrative location: Paris


  • Nadja

    language: English
    date of publication: 1988

    ISBN-13: 978-0-8021-5026-4
    ISBN-10: 0-8021-5026-8
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  • Nadja

    language: English
    date of publication: 1999

    ISBN-13: 978-0-14-118089-2
    ISBN-10: 0-14-118089-7
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