Jane’s Pick: The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington by Leonora Carrington
I love short stories, and I love Surrealism. So when I saw a collection of short stories by one of my favorite Surrealist artists – I had to pick it up to read.
And now for something totally different….that’s the main thing I want to say. These stories are not like any I had read before, however, they were oddly familiar at the same time. That’s because it is like Leonora was in my mind recording my own dreams and nightmares – complete with talking horses, corpse queens and surreal and mysterious fairytale landscapes. The stories are full of symbolism and satire; mythology and cleverness. The writing is rich with imaginative detail that form dreamlike images – very reminiscent of her paintings.
“Then it seemed that a cloud formed itself into an enormous bumble bee as big as a sheep. She wore a tall iron crown studded with rock crystals, the stars of the underworld. All this may have been a collective hallucination although nobody has yet explained to me what a collective hallucination actually means.” – Leonora Carrington