Literary & General
Salvador Dalí was a leading figure in the surrealist movement. He remains the most recognizable and most renowned artist of the 20th century.
In richly visual language Dali describes the lives and loves of a group of aristocratic characters who, in their beauty, luxury, and extravagance, symbolize the decadent Europe of the 1930s. The story of the tangled lives of the protagonists, from the February riots of 1934 in Paris to the closing days of the war, is a brilliant vehicle for Dali's ideas, and an evocation of pre-war Europe.
Valuable not only for Dali's own specially drawn illustrations, but also because it synthesizes all of the themes in Dali's art.
‘Dalí’s only novel is as bizarre and as jewelled as any of his work.’ – Margaret Reynolds, Times ‘Start the first page and you are in the presence of an old-fashioned baroque novel, intelligent, extravagant, as photographically precise as his paintings but not so silly.’ – PJ Kavanagh, Guardian ‘So full of visual invention, so witty, so charged with an almost Dickensian energy that it's difficult not to accept its author's own arrogant valuation of himself as a genius.’ – George Melly, Observer