The Trumpets of Jericho

The Trumpets of Jericho This fierce fable of childbirth by German Surrealist Unica Z rn was written after she had already given birth to two children and undergone the self induced abortion of another in Berlin in the s

  • Title: The Trumpets of Jericho
  • Author: Unica Zürn Christina Svendsen
  • ISBN: 9781939663092
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • This fierce fable of childbirth by German Surrealist Unica Z rn was written after she had already given birth to two children and undergone the self induced abortion of another in Berlin in the 1950s Beginning in the relatively straightforward, if disturbing, narrative of a young woman in a tower with a bat in her hair and ravens for company engaged in a psychic war witThis fierce fable of childbirth by German Surrealist Unica Z rn was written after she had already given birth to two children and undergone the self induced abortion of another in Berlin in the 1950s Beginning in the relatively straightforward, if disturbing, narrative of a young woman in a tower with a bat in her hair and ravens for company engaged in a psychic war with the parasitic son in her belly, The Trumpets of Jericho dissolves into a beautiful nightmare of hypnotic obsession and mythical language, stitched together with anagrams and private ruminations Arguably Z rn s most extreme experiment in prose, and never before translated into English, this novella dramatizes the frontiers of the body its defensive walls as well as its cavities and thresholds animating a harrowing and painfully, twistedly honest depiction of motherhood as a breakdown in the distinction between self and other, transposed into the language of darkest fairy tales.Unica Z rn 1916 70 was born in Gr newald, Germany Toward the end of World War II, she discovered the realities of the Nazi concentration camps a revelation which was to haunt and unsettle her for the rest of her life After meeting Hans Bellmer in 1953, she followed him to Paris, where she became acquainted with the Surrealists and developed the body of drawings and writings for which she is best remembered a series of anagram poems, hallucinatory accounts and literary enactments of the mental breakdowns from which she would suffer until her suicide in 1970.

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    1. Unica Zürn Christina Svendsen

      Unica Z rn was a German author and painter She is remembered for her works of anagram poetry, exhibitions of automatic drawing, and her photographic collaborations with Hans Bellmer.

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    1. Unica Zurn, through anagramatic reconfiguration, placed a kind of occultism, a kind of divination, back into raw language. All literature can be construed as a form of divination in the way that narrative ordering of ideas reveals unexpected resonances and associations, but Zurn takes this straight down to words and sounds, to discreet semantic units. To build a story from such bears resemblance the automatism of the surrealists who welcomed her, but Zurn's technique, and results, are all her ow [...]


    2. The intro was much more interesting than the text, which is a rambling stream-of-consciousness flow of surreal mini-stories and bleak observations. It had me in the beginning with the narrators body-horror like descriptions of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood - dark and powerful - but it lost me with a parade of surreal images and ideas that never really coalesced or hit me the same way. My favorite bits: "I can no longer ride in a car without thinking of crashes. The cars in my big city drive s [...]


    3. Meh.Strong beginning. Very dark.Weak middle. Basically incomprehensible gibberish.Interesting endingt really worth the time, if you ask me, which you didn't.


    4. A lyrical Surrealist dreamscape, gorgeously translated and with a brilliant introduction.* Slightly masochistic as pregnancy reading, the opening being a violent fantasy of murderous birth, but a certain kind of pregnant lady will enjoy the bracing counterpoint to more typical representations of the miracle of life. Best read in as few sittings as possible, preferably in a shady spot on a warm afternoon, to allow for the maximum effect of the hallucinatory language. Perfect for a particular type [...]


    5. In the The Trumpets of Jericho we get a brief tour of Zürn's nightmares and dreamworldsI didn't understand all of it, or even most of it? Perhaps that's the point. But I felt especially disturbed when I did understand. When I recognized something, or felt connected to the language, that's when I knew I had a big problem. The Trumpets infiltrated me with their darkness, their carnival logics.I'd like to play a game called Zürn or Byrne. The way the game works is you have to guess whether the li [...]


    6. Full review here.An excerpt:The Trumpets of Jericho, when read alongside her other writings, demonstrates in fascinating detail how Zurn harnessed the principles of surrealism and the facts of her experience as a woman to produce what Svendsen refers to as “outsider art”. Zurn was treated throughout the 1960s for depressive and schizhophrenic episodes, before leaping out of a window to her death in 1970. Her novel Dark Spring is a foreshadowing of what was to come—the young girl narrator c [...]


    7. The beginning is much more captivating than the rest of the text. There are certain passages that do stay in your mind for longer. It is a dark, surreal stream of non-sensical thought but it is definitely worth the read. You will not always understand what is happening, but certain words will remain with you.


    8. But as they began to burn, the cats came by, because the air smelled like valerian, and the cats rolled rapturously on the ground and their meows sounded like Japanese celebratory music.


    9. 5 stars, simply because Zürn knows how to hit my spot. [WIll try to come back and write a fuller review later; at the moment I'm on vacation and can't be bothered to sit in front of the computer.]



    10. Startling, compelling, sad. Over the first several pages, I feared it would be a one-note affair; it was not.I'll continue to keep an eye on Wakefield Press.


    11. Not my cup of tea, but I can think of a handful of friends who would honestly, truly enjoy it. That said, am going to pass the book on to them to read!


    12. the negative (but always present) side of motherhood & semantics!"and then i'll devote myself again to the beloved madness, since we're in the middle of summer."


    13. Was a nice departure from a lot of what I have to read for school. I found myself scanning through sections, particularly in the middle, where the images and relationships got torqued beyond sense, but still found myself erupting with glee or anxiety at certain sentences, and the ending slipped in with a perverse kind of echo or distorted memory of the beginning and it felt earned and like the middle was also necessary. A step I am glad to have taken in my pursuit to read more and more surrealis [...]





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