Product Description. Hebdomeros & other writings by Giorgio de Chirico Translated by John Ashbery, Mark Polizzotti, et al., Introduction by John Ashbery. Written in , this is the great metaphysical painter’s only novel. Though it is a rare example of surrealistic prose, De Chirico had, by the time he wrote it. Hebdomeros is an extended prose piece by the Surrealist artist Giorgio de Chirico, a painter best known for his dark and desolate paintings of.
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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Hebdomeros by Giorgio de Chirico. The artist Giorgio de Chirico’s chriico, Hebdomeros is a dream-like book of situations and landscapes reminiscent of his paintings.
In his introduction John Ashbery calls the book “the finest work of Surrealist fiction,” noting that de Chirico “invented for the occasion a new style and a new kind of novel. Dudron’s Adventure, a second, fragmentary novel translated by John Ashbery. Paperbackpages. Published January 1st by Exact Change,U. To see what your friends thought of this book, hrbdomeros sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hebdomerosplease sign re.
Lists with This Book. May 14, Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing Shelves: Seems like everything about de Chirico was mysterious. Even when he switched to painting classical pastiches in an effort to escape his mysteriousness he was mysterious. John Ashbery’s intro gives an amusing history of the publication of the book. No one knows who even translated it! Then nearly a decade after losing his magic he published this magical book.
And for some mysterious reason he wrote it in his second language, French. It’s more atmosphere and specific description than narrative, but in its essentials it’s a prodigal son story.
It is also the greatest surrealist novel. Hebdomeros is one of those books I prefer to read in one sitting, to not break the spell of it. Mar 07, knig rated it liked it Shelves: Phew, Krasznahorkai has been reincarnated back in time and re-emerges with the fanfare and drumroll of the indomitable black lava of words belched in projectile as a slow moving morass of non paragraphed sludge.
But this works in a hypnotic way, because this experimental piece has no pretensions: The crown apotheosis of surrealist writing, Hebdomeros has no plot, as everyone knows. The eponymous Hebdomeros walks about, but a Phew, Krasznahorkai has been reincarnated back in time and re-emerges with the fanfare and drumroll of the indomitable black lava of words belched in projectile as a slow moving morass of non paragraphed sludge.
The eponymous Hebdomeros walks about, but always ends up back at the same place a house he has been renting for ten yearsand well, ruminates.
Which is headily Massala-ed with Classical reference against a background of shifting, ephemeral narratorial texture: View all 6 comments. Feb 10, Nate D rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Committed surrealists whether to surrealism, or to institutions. As if written by a whole committee of de Chiricos as an Exquisite Corpse exercise, this “novel” is both consistent in feel and entirely disconnected from itself. Unclearly delineated episodes drift in and out of vague philosophical discussion and occasionally compelling imagery unconstrained by plot.
Like de Chirico’s paintings, the best prose here conveys a kind of architectural longing, but the utter lack of narrative tends to leech their resonance. At least for me. I suspect this would b As if written by a whole committee of de Chiricos as an Exquisite Corpse exercise, this “novel” is both consistent in feel and entirely disconnected from itself.
Exhibits: Giorgio de Chirico’s Hebdomeros, in Tel Aviv – Culture –
I suspect this would be vastly better if small passages were read aloud in isolation, rather than trying to take in the whole in a couple sittings, as I did. Sep 26, Matthieu rated it it was amazing.
Giorgio de Chirico wrote this lovely, hallucinatory novel ina good ten years after his ‘metaphysical’ period. This ‘novel’ if you could call it that has no real plot and no definite characters—the only true character as such present is the titular protagonist. Hebdomeros goes about his life as a sort of metaphysician ; he is accompanied by a group of friends at the start of the text as they arrive at a large building that looked very much like the German consulate in Melbourne —from there Giorgio de Chirico wrote this lovely, hallucinatory novel ina good ten years after his ‘metaphysical’ period.
Hebdomeros goes about his life as a sort of metaphysician ; he is accompanied by a group of friends at the start of the text as they arrive at a large building that looked very much like the German consulate in Melbourne —from there, they encounter a long staircase, the apparition of a bear, gladiators wearing diving helmets, a pianist playing an instrument that emits no sound, a tragic melody emanating from an orphanage, and many other strange sights and sounds.
The text itself flows like a sort of dream not pure automatism, but tracelike. Like his early paintings, Chirico issues forth a series of startling images “word strokes”—to borrow a phrase from Ezra Pound that draw the reader into an oneiric world of windy mountains, summer storms, changing seasons, clouds, night, day, etc. He referred to this work as autobiographical. Was Hebdomeros based on Chirico’s life his adolescence, travels, thoughts, feelings, etc. One would tend to think so, given the similar occupations.
Hebdomeros worked as a metaphysician—an individual in the constant pursuit of seeing ; or rather, one who looks beyond the surface of everyday things; fifteen years before, Chirico followed a similar path see above.
By utilizing Hebdomeros, de Chirico could once again slip back into that hidden world of reverie, showing that he could still paint—this time with transparent, poetic prose—just as well as with his oil colours. Dec 29, Karl Ivan Farthegn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Once a seldom time I will bring this book with me to an outdoor cafe and there I will read two pages.
Then I will glass eyed put it away for another day when it again is the right time to read in Hebdomeros. Sixteen years have past since I began this ritual and I’m still not at its end, reaching it, is a moment I want to put off for as long as possible, for when I’ve reached its end there is no more. May 07, Andrew added it Shelves: There’s a certain type of surrealist writing that I call the “descriptive assault,” in which images are simply hurled at the reader, and we are left to put the pieces together.
It’s something that I find to be sometimes annoying but more often fantastic. Bataille and Roussel stand out as fantastic representatives, and De Chirico stands squarely alongside them. We follow our character, the metaphysician, through dark corridors and into extended lectures of the nature of melancholy. Shit like this There’s a certain type of surrealist writing that I call the “descriptive assault,” in which images are simply hurled at the reader, and we are left to put the pieces together.
Shit like this is my bread and butter. Oct 21, Eric rated it liked it. A GR-Friend notes well that the first 15 pp or so of this are astounding. The remaining, though far from poor, still less so. I would venture to say the firstin fact, constitute some of the very best and most imaginative prose there is.
Is life possible on another planet? Do you believe in metempsychosis, in the immortality of the soul, in the inviolability of the laws of nature, in ghosts foretelling disasters to come, in the subconscious of dogs, in the drea A GR-Friend notes well that the first 15 pp or so of this are astounding.
Mar 17, Deanne rated it liked it Shelves: Not really into surrealism, however the inclusion of some of de Chirico’s paintings add to the imagery of his writing. His descriptions of the places and people whom Hebdomeros comes into contact with are vivid, and it becomes obvious that his first love was art, de Chirico only wrote the one book.
Bibliophilia Obscura: Hebdomeros by Giorgio de Chirico
For the 1st 15pp or so I was inclined to give this a 5 star rating. It wasn’t long after that the rating slipped down a notch. By the end of the bk I was close to giving it a 3. In John Ashberry’s introduction he writes: Its soul character is Hebdomeros, a kind of “metaphysician” who evolves through various landscapes and situations, alone or accompanied by a shadowy band of young disciples For the 1st 15pp or so I was inclined to give this a 5 star rating.
Its soul character is Hebdomeros, a kind of “metaphysician” who evolves through various landscapes and situations, alone or accompanied by a shadowy band of young disciples. Though the district was now unquestionably elegant and so much more lively, Hebdomeros shunned it in favor of the park where the pine trees grew. They were martyred trees, for a strange epidemic was raging among them, these attractive, friendly trees, so healthy and tonic. He watched out especially for sparrows.
Lying down on the platform, as motionless as a log, he no longer looked like a human being. But he did not look like a staute, either. Even when he turned over to take a few minutes’ rest, there was nothing in his attitude reminiscent of those figures that lie on stone sarcophagi, be they Etruscan couples of landgraves armed from head to foot.
Nor was there anything that reminded one of those old men with flowing beards and gentle eyes, indecently naked and regally reclining among reeds, with their elbows supported by amphorae lying on their sides, and who in ancient statuary represented rivers, the source of the richness of lands.
To my surpise, I found the writing more articulate. Later in the bk there’s another story called “That evening M. Writing about Dudron’s reaction to enthusiasts of his work, there’s “Another thing that caused him profound horror was when they spoke of dreams and mystery regarding his pictures. That text may’ve been written 9 yrs after “Hebdomeros”. May 03, P rated it did not like it. I have read a lot of strange books and liked them.
This one I could not finish. Incoherent, plot-less, pompous and boring. I like books where nothing happens, but this simply lacked the required atmosphere. Apr 01, Erik added it. Jul 02, Czar marked it as to-read. Started the amazing journey and had to pause.