A WEEK OF KINDNESS: a novel in collage
October 30, 2013 2:17 PM Subscribe
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. Element: Mud
. Exemplar: The Lion of Belfort
. Element: Water
. Exemplar: Water
. Element: Fire
. Exemplar: The Court of Dragons
. Element: Blood
. Exemplar: Œdipus
. [Certain images NSFW on account of Victorian prurience]THURSDAY
. Element: Darkness
. Exemplars: The Rooster's Laugh
& Easter Island
. Element: Sight
. Exemplar: The Interior of Sight
(Three Visible Poems).
. Element: [UNKNOWN]
. Exemplar: The Key to Songs
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Linked above are almost all the images from Une semaine de bonté
(A Week of Kindness
), Max Ernst's
Surrealist graphic novel of 1934. Each page is a collage assembled with scissors and paste from 19th century illustrations out of encyclopedias, catalogs, a Doré album, and a Jules Mary serial called Les Damnées de Paris
Ernst divided his Semaine
into seven days, and assigned to each a "deadly element" and an exemplary visual motif. Monday's example (for example) is the Lion of Belfort
, a monument to a hard-defended siege of the Franco-Prussian war. Ernst's interpretation of the Lion creates a man with a beast's head and dispatches him on a course of reversals and dissipations.
Other days feature sourceless cataracts of water, winged people, dragons, serpents, women with the heads of birds, men with the heads of roosters, and animate Moai. Friday unravels into abstraction, and Saturday is dominated with the image of a woman falling, or about to fall; or, perhaps, about to start from sleep.
I've retained Ernst's organization, themes, and epigraphs. Here's the full image gallery
if you want to peruse more freely.