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House of Fear

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — House of Fear by Leonora Carrington. House of Fear by Leonora Carrington. Leonora Carrington, an artist of the Surrealist Movement, here joins fiction with autobiography in a collection of work including accounts of her life before and after she met Max Ernst as well as short stories, a novella and original artwork.

Paperbackpages. Published March 1st by E. Dutton first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about House of Fearplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 30, Nate D rated it really liked it Recommends it for: A couple months ago, I was captivated by surrealist Leonora Carrington’s bizarre geriatric adventure novel The Hearing Trumpet. Following up with the help of the Brooklyn Library’s mysterious Central Storage, I tracked down this excellent volume, collecting a number of works from much ,a in Carrington’s career — from when she was just twenty years old, having run off to France with Max Ernst in the shadow of WWII.

Surrealist writing can be, even to the sympathetic, a little hit or miss. There’s really only so much automatic poetry anyone can consume, I would suspect. De Chirico is a fantastic painter, but his novel Hebdomeros is a somewhat interminably meandering philosophic mess or else I need to re-read. Listening to other peoples’ dreams can be mind-numbing. However, as with The Hearing TrumpetCarrington’s fiction here is neither random nor meandering nor boring, but direct, engaging, and concise.

Her tales possess the full uncanny unexpectedness of dreams, but maintains also their portentousness and peculiar sense at the time at least of internal logic. Her words, whether written in English or translated from French, are erudite and unornamented. Which is to say that wild and strange as these may be, they avoid some familiar pitfalls of surrealist writing.

I’ll summarize the contents, since I had no idea what exactly would be in here before I got my hands on it: Introduction by Marina Warner, who also translated the formerly French bits. I learned that part of Carrington’s expulsion from convent school was due to her demonic ambidextrousness and tendency mirdo amuse herself cargington writing backwards with her left hand. I have no problem believing that she was also a typical rebellious teen, but it’s amazing to think that such nonsense was a part of the case against her.


Also some handy cawa of the texts in light of her autobiographical details. A brief, strange account of a mysterious summons, perhaps that of Caea to join the surrealists. Originally a pamphlet, in French, with an introduction and accompanying collages all preserved here by Max Ernst, to whom she was “the Bride of the Wind”.

The oval lady and other stories. Along with “House of Fear”, these seem to define Carrington’s oeuvre at age 20, beautiful nonsense with a surprising amount of discernible sense behind it.

Mingled on each page, the mundane and fanciful, brutal and absurd. Delivered with a remarkable, casual matter-of-fact voice, that oddly invites belief. As with its predecessor, Ernst matches these quite effectively with collages.

A very strange re-casting of a real episode: Carrington’s sense of abandonment when Ernst left her in Provence to return to his wife in Paris. Strangely, she removes sex from the equation by replacing herself with a young boy who is taken on vacation by an uncle, instead leeonora the uncle’s own daughter.

Much vivid rendering of the French countryside and its people, ruins and local mythology, leading into a frenzy of bizarrity rivaling the later parts of The Hearing Trumpet.

A very lucid account of the process of going insane and subsequent recovery. Carrington recounts her experiences with a precision entirely at odds with the hallucinatory and theologically-grandiose place she imagined for herself in the universe.

The tone and voice are entirely different from the fictionalized, pre-breakdown stories, chillingly exacting.

Jan 05, Nathalie rated it it was amazing. Adios, estimada que le vaya bien. La obra se divide en dos: Seguramente se debe a que no es exactamente el estilo que generalmente me gusta leer.

En efecto es muy surrealista, pero no por ello incoherente. Dec 31, Derek Fenner rated it it was amazing.

La casa del miedo. Memorias de abajo by Leonora Carrington (2 star ratings)

A fitting first book for Carrington is going to be a permanent obsession. I am part of a project called ” women a year” https: It is all very feminist. I applied to participate at the beginning of the year to write a play about Leonora CarringtonBritish surrealist painter that lived many years in Mexico and was one of the last if not the last surrealists alive.

At the beginning of the year I started researching about her just carringtom find out that she was also a I am part of a project called ” women a year” https: At the beginning of the year I started researching about her just to find out that she was also a writer.

She wrote several stories and a novel. I looked for them and started reading them, but at some point my workload got too heavy and I had to pause the project. Now, after finishing my crazy studies, I started it again and I began searching for this book. In particular, I wanted to read Down Belowbecause, in theory, it is a piece of non-fiction where Carrington tells about her experience of being taken to a psychiatric institution carrkngton Spain.

I found it in English in Amazon and antique book shops at crazy prices. I ended up csaa the digital version in Spanish from the Google Play store in case you want it Well, let’s just say that dell i read the book by parts, but I recently read it I have a strange relationship with Leonora. I like her stories a lot. I would even dare laa say I like them more than laa paintings. They reflect reality in a very strange way, although I don’t know if I know that just because I’ve done carrinvton research on her life, and if normal people who just read her books can see these links and, they either make them appreciate the story more, or make it even more senseless.


As much as they asked her, Leonora never revealed the meanings and symbols in her stories, but it seems to me that there are several things that don’t require a complicated explanation.

The dek in most of the stories: The debutante, The oval lady, The house of fear But maybe it is just personal taste. The ending of carrinton book, Down Below, is perhaps the most disturbing. Carrington claims to be speaking about reality, but even so, the events, mixed with her hallucinations, seem so surreal that it becomes hard to distinguish. That is how our relationship got complicated. Because she makes me doubt too much how truthful she is. And yes, maybe there is a different kind of truth in the things we imagine, but without meeting her I still recommend it.

Even if just because she is an artist that is not recognised by her written work, that still talks about society and growing up. And well, there aren’t that many surrealist texts around.

Apr 08, Sean rated it really liked it Shelves: One can call a piece of writing fiction or not.

The significance of that label remains wavery. There are many ways to write, many ways to tear apart the strands of a woven life and weave them once again into new cloth. Throughout the history of literature, it has certainly been important to a great many people.

Leonora C Reality is malleable. Leonora Carrington likely remained unconcerned. Her leonofa was a cagrington and at times horrifying one. Her writing overflows with rich imagery, convoluted plots if anyabsurd humor, the number seven, and a lot of talking horses. Reading her is both wondrously fun and sometimes upsetting.

And if one chooses to puzzle over muedo the imagery, unlocking the various interpretations, then that can also be rewarding in its own way. It adds another vibrant layer to stories already rippling with a full spectrum of unexpected colors.

Una obra de arte exquisita. Apr 10, Drahcir rated it it was amazing Shelves: Leonora is a fascinating personality.

You can find a short documentary on her and some interviews on YouTube. Oct 29, aya rated it it was amazing.

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