Insel (Revised)

By Mina Loy
He has an evening suit, but never an occasion to wear it, so he puts it on when he paints his pictures.
"Insel," the only novel by the surrealist master Mina Loy, is a book like no other about an impossible friendship amid the glamorous artistic bohemia of 1930s Paris.
German painter Insel is a perpetual sponger and outsider prone to writing elegant notes with messages like Am starving to death except for a miracle three o clock Tuesday afternoon will be the end but somehow writer and art dealer Mrs. Jones likes him.
Together, they sit in cafes, hatch grand plans, and share their artistic aspirations and disappointments. And they become friends. But as they grow ever closer, Mrs. Jones begins to realize just how powerful Insel s hold over her is.
Unpublished during Loy s lifetime, "Insel" which is loosely based on her friendship with the painter Richard Oelze is a supremely surrealist, deliberately excessive creation: baroque in style, yet full of deft comedy and sympathy. Now, with an alternate ending only recently unearthed in the Loy archives, "Insel" is finally back in print, and Loy s extraordinary achievement can be appreciated by a new generation of readers."


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ISBN: 9781612193533

About the Paperback

Publisher Melville House Publishing
Publish date 05/13/2014
Pages 224
ISBN-13 9781612193533
ISBN-10 1612193536
Language English

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