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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

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All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





Available in KINDLE $0.99


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

How to Become a Writer: Andre Breton's Nadja

Andre Breton à la PompidouImage by germeister via Flickr

Brief biographical notes(1896-1966)

 Andre Breton (1896 - 1966), was a poet, essayist, critic, who with Paul Eluard, Luis Buñuel, and Salvador Dali founded the Surrealist movement.
André Breton was born in Tinchebray (Orne)  to a modest family. But from an early age he showed a preoccupation for intellectual endeavors, studying medicine and psychiatry. His interest in psychiatry led him to literary studies, founding the magazine Littérature. In 1924 he published his Manifeste Du Surréalisme.

Obsessed with the inner functions of the unconscious mind, he saw in the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch and James Ensor glimpses of what writers could achieve with text, which explains his poetic fugues into the irrational, dreams, l'humour noir, and the bizarre.

In 1927 Breton became a member of the French Communist Party, breaking with it in 1935 as a reaction to Stalinism. When the Nazis occupied France, Breton together with Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernest came to the United States. He returned to France in 1946 where he lived most of his productive life.

André Breton died in Paris on September 28, 1966.

How to become a writer

A man of conviction, Breton wrote every day on different topic. As an opinionated writer he became a magnet for artists and intellectuals.

So sure was he of his studies and opinions that he bordered on arrogance, often alienating some of his followers.

Having met Sigmund Freud and studied his works, he sought other luminaries —the revolutionary Leon Trotsky and the anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, for example— to observe their minds.

Nadja (1928)

Labeled a romance rather than a novel, Nadja is really a literary hybrid: mixture of romance, novel, fantasy, and poetry. If one wished to capture its essence in a few words, we could say that Nadja is the diamond of surrealism. Not perfect, not the most brilliant of all of Breton’s work, nor dazzling in its style—yet it is a literary masterpiece.

To complement Breton’s Manifesto of Surrealism, with Nadja Breton concretized what the surrealists were trying to convey as an avant garde movement. In this novel we find the major elements of surrealism: ordinary life, ordinary artifacts, art, and human emotions all woven in a tissue of dream and reality. The novel is told by a first-person voice which presumably is the author’s.

Nadja is a character, a fictional entity —though based probably on a real person— a gossamer of a heroine that moves around Paris. At times she is a free spirit, restless, haunting, and demanding; at other times she becomes an incarnation of madness. What gives Nadja depth is the mixed media that one finds in the text and between the covers— a veritable artistic collage, its prose is supplemented with photographs (44 in total), including sketches of Nadja herself, transcripts composed of paintings, photographs, all presented in unexpected chaotic flights that leave the reader’s mind reeling with disorder and wishing for logic. Yet the work only follows the logic of dreams—displacement, condensation, and symbolism.

In his novel Aurelia, Gerard de Nerval writes in his opening sentence: “Our dreams are a second life.” What Breton seems to say in Nadja is that dreams are our first life.

Other works

In the 1940s and 1950s Breton published many essays and collections of poems: ARCANE 17 (1945), and CONSTELLATIONS (1959).

To become a writer I write essays every day. Since English is my second language, in writing essays I consult Mary Duffy's Sentence Openers. When I write fiction --or fiction writing of novels and short stories-- I consult Toolbox for Writers.

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