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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. InUnica Zurn, the companion and lover of the Surrealist artist Hans Bellmer, threw herself from the sixth floor window of their apartment in Paris. Her suicide was the culmination of thirteen years of mental crises which are described with disarming, honest lucidity in ‘The Man Of Jasmine’, subtitled Impressions from a Mental Illness.
Zurn’s mental collapse was init InUnica Zurn, the companion and lover of the Surrealist artist Unoca Bellmer, threw herself from the sixth floor window of their apartment in Paris.
Zurn’s mental collapse was initiated when she encountered in the real world her childhood fantasy figure “the man of jasmine”: Her return to “reality” was constantly uunica by alternate visionary and unlca periods.
Zurn’s compelling narrative also reveals her uneasy relationship with words and language, which she attempted to resolve by the compulsive writing of anagrams. Anagrams allowed her to dissect the language of everyday, to personalise it, and to unicz it reveal hidden at its core astonishing messages, threats and evocations. The Man of Jasmine is certainly one of the greatest descriptions of mental collapse, but it is much yombre. Zurn’s familiarity with Surrealist conceptions of the psyche, and her extraordinary self-possession during the most alarming experiences are allied to vivid descriptive powers which make this a literary as well as a psychological masterpiece.
Paperbackpages. Published December 1st by Serpent’s Tail first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Nov 12, knig rated it really liked it Recommended to knig by: The Man of Jasmine is an hombbre, but highly stylised.
And because Unica Zurn mingled with a surrealist crowd in the zurnn and 50s, Ray, Michaeux, Ernst as a result both of her liaison with Hans Bellmer and also her anagram poetry and automatic painting, its real easy to fall prey to contra-Fundamental Attribution Error which here means overvaluing the situational status quo vs personal attributes and assume Zurn is engaged in surrealistic existential angst, buoyed by her well document The Man of Jasmine is an autobiography, but highly stylised.
The Man of Jasmine & Other Texts by Unica Zürn
And because Unica Zurn mingled with a surrealist crowd in the s and 50s, Ray, Michaeux, Ernst as a result both of her liaison with Hans Bellmer and also her anagram poetry and automatic painting, its real easy to fall prey to contra-Fundamental Attribution Error which here means overvaluing the situational status quo vs personal attributes and assume Zurn is engaged in surrealistic existential angst, buoyed by her well documented depression.
In fact, its my theory that quite the opposite is occurring. Hornbacher and Zurn speak from the same hymn sheet: There is now a clear and positive correlation noted between creativity and bipolar disorder. Both Hornbacher and Zurn are wordsmiths nonpareil, hypnotic, intuitive with language, engaging storytellers.
And then the fog lifts no one knows why ,and they are on the rise again: It would be difficult to surmise much of this only purely reading Zurn: Its also interesting to note what Zurn was doing in her pare time with Bellmer: For the surrealist cause.
Here she is, but why, Unica, why? Or is it just me who likes to keep the roly poly packed away? View all 6 comments. Oct 16, Nate D rated it really liked it Shelves: Even better than her semi-autobiographical tale of almost-pre-teen-angst, Dark SpringUnica Zurn’s more overtly autiobiographical account of her years of battling what seems like a kind of severe bipolar disorder is somehow both more real and far more surreal, as she meticulously documents both the strange and captivating visions and thought so of her elevated moods along with the crippling stasis and boredom of her hospitalizations during the depressive stretches.
Along the way, the terribly r Even better than her semi-autobiographical tale of almost-pre-teen-angst, Dark SpringUnica Zurn’s more overtly autiobiographical account of her years of battling what seems like a kind of severe bipolar disorder is somehow both more real and far more surreal, as she meticulously documents both the strange and captivating visions and thought so of her elevated moods along with the crippling stasis and boredom of her hospitalizations during the depressive stretches.
Along the way, the terribly relateable sensation that real life and life-purpose must be only just about to begin, if only the right encounter occurs. Everyone hopes for these significant life-changes, I’d imagine, but to wait for them is fatal. Large shapes — like wings — float up to her, opening and closing — gently at first — until they slowly fill the room and she has the impression that she is in the presence of apparitions which are not at all related to this world.
None of her acquaintances has ever mentioned similar apparitions to her. These beings — she can not describe them in any other way, reveal that they have the clear and frightening intention of encircling her. They exude a feeling of dissipation, of annihilation, and her forgotten childhood fear of the horrible and inexplicable returns to her.
Whenever these birdless, greyish-black wings fly up too close to her, she raises her hand in a sudden anxiety and fends them off. They retreat for a moment into the background of the dark room, then approach once again, and slowly she gets used to this strange presence until she notices that the wings are insubstantial and can fly straight through her upright body, as if she herself had become bodiless. This both entrances and appalls her. Looking at them carefully, these creatures have in fact nothing terrifying about them — they lack eyes and faces, and they radiate an enormous dignity, an uncanny seriousness, something very noble.
Jan 04, Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it Shelves: To young Unica he was the pinnacle of love and she secretly married him.
For the remainder of her life he alternately haunted and jwzmin her, a vision of purity leading her to heights of joy, then over the edge into depression. In her obsessive imagination he became linked with Herman Melville, and physically manifested as Henri Michaux. Her first meeting with Michaux precipitated one of the psychic breakdowns described zurrn clinical detail in The Man of Jasmine.
Every detail in the text is reflective of her fragile psychic state, as if nothing not tinged by her mind exists, everything she encounters feeding her obsessions, coincident details linking together with occult significance into webs of fleeting but profound meaning, promising to reveal the marvelous, hombe often delivering.
The world portrayed is a chilling, alien landscape with very little demarcation between inner and outer, the whole surcharged with her mental state, saturated with her inner self, and then given outer meaning by her obsessions, particularly through the writing of anagrams.
This entirely artificial process produces real meanings for her; at times she feels she is in possession of jazmkn keys to the universe, but at other times… total despair. But her megalomania is a humble variety, reached by total passivity. She is a puppet of the universe who can follow her strings up to momentarily become puppeteer, and beyond, to the Man of Jasmine; but then always the plummet back hobmre, deep down.
The Man of Jasmine is a profound and disturbing document, offering us a first-hand account free of psychologizing of the minute vicissitudes of homvre mental illness, told through the eyes of a very sensitive and courageous artist attentive to every significant, even if microscopic, detail.
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Apr 23, Sean hmobre it it was amazing Shelves: Similar in tone and subject matter to Leonora Carrington’s Down Below available in English in House of Fear but more stylized than that piece, The Man of Jasmine is written in a third-person viewpoint that allows for the detachment also found in Down Below as well as some of Anna Kavan’s work zzurn similar ground e.
This detached viewpoint is a powerful literary tool used by all three of these writers to effectively shape personal experience into a deep criticism of what goes on inside psychiatric hospitals.
Of particular note is the inclusion of a few of her stunning anagram jaz,in, my favorite of which is this one anagrammed from the umica ‘The strange adventures of Mr K. Ravens are talking around the lake. Deer and blackbird are drinking tea. Raven, seer of the evil in the evening. The first toad died in great misery of Hik. The donkeys’ dream was talking next homnre. Lake, dark lake of the ravens. Breath means life, means winding dreams of the strange adventure. Those of Mr K.?
Notes on Her Last? Crisis A detailed description of one particular crisis, covering similar ground to The Man of Jasmine but told using more stripped-down, straightforward language in a style that at times approaches breezy. The Whiteness with the Red Spot A beautiful three-part confessional poem written in first-person p.
Mentioned here are most if not all of her primary personal themes: The game offers creative and playful ways for a woman and man to achieve intimacy uniac non-sexual means while maintaining the greatest possible distance between them. In Ambush A strange and rambling story that incorporates some many?
Un relato de los abismos de la locura; una pluma maldita, loca, triste y dolorosa. Apr 13, Troy jnica it really liked it Shelves: Michaux reminded her of “The Man of Jasmine,” a fictional character she “married” when she was six.
Two of the stories in this book document her mental break and, damn, it’s intense. She’s not the most beautiful of writers, and hlmbre, the prose is fairly pedestrian is it the translation? Sep 03, Nicholaus Patnaude rated it it was amazing. When The Man of Jasmine grows leather wings, the magic sparkling sands in his sack can tie the night back together once again.
The Man of Jasmine & Other Texts
Jan 10, Pembroke rated it it was amazing. One woman’s mind is another creature’s bedlam. Nov 04, Sara Laflamme rated it it was ok. I fell asleep while reading this book so you can probably guess how I mazmin about it.
Jul 15, Gabriel rated it really liked it. I’m reading this in French. This book is the easiest way to find out how it feels to be a schizophrenic hallucinating woman in the 20th century. Unica Zurn was Hans Bellmer ‘s partner for years. Jul 23, Jazmun rated it liked it. Intense and disturbing recollection of mental collapse. Jul 09, Sheila rated it really liked it. If you want disturbing Apr 26, K.