Chasm: A Weekend
By Dorothea Tanning
* An astonishing first novel by the famed surrealist painter, about beauty and its mysteries, about simplicity and truth.
A Surrealist novel in the vein of Angela Carter, about love and beauty and dark secrets.
Played out like the command of an oracle are the events that stain one night in the improbable setting of this desert tale. Rearing its impudent architecture like insult on a landscape of quiet beauty is Windcote, "its very name a masquerade," where inhabitants and guests find themselves driven by obsessions and confusions they have never faced before. Here doors open and close and open again. They hide, release, reveal, and ruin. In this web of tangled imperatives is the child, Destina, untouched by the fevers and failures around her. Her own world is outside in the mystery-locked canyon where, for the time of this story, she seems to find her own truth
Dorothea Tanning was born in Galesburg, Illinois in 1910 and moved to New York in the 1940s where she met and married Max Ernst. There she became known for her very personal and powerful surrealist paintings. Her work is included in collections at the Tate Gallery, the Georges Pompiou Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Menil Collection, Houston.
- Other details
- Publication date:
31 Jan 2019
- Page count:
Tanning's fictional debut unquestionably deserves to be recognised as a complete artistic success . . . Told in confident, fluid prose highlighted by passages of hallucinatory beauty. — Nicholas Royle, Guardian
It seems hardly fair that Dorothea Tanning, in a long, passionately inventive career as a painter, should have acquired as well the other harmony of prose, and that her passionate inventions as a writer should be so lovingly, so wisely resolved — Richard Howard