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Regarding the work of Joris-Karl Huysmans, Andre Breton finds he has a lot in common with the writer's way of valuing the world. They share the same manner of choosing despair among what exists, therefore the narrator feels closer to Huysmans than he does any of his friends. Huysmans was able to capture the ennui which was induced by anything his witnessed. This allows the narrator to find relief in the fact that he is not the only one who feels this, and does not have to search for a way to rectify himself. The narrator despises authors who claim to write about characters separate from themselves or people they know, when in reality they are just lightly veiled caricatures. Someone recommended to one author that he change the color of his heroine's hair, so she was not recognized. Breton insists on knowing...

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