Une Semaine de Bonté

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An image from Max Ernst's Une Semaine de Bonté 1934 collage.

Une Semaine de Bonté (A Week of Kindness) is a graphic novel composed in collage by Max Ernst, made during a three week visit in Italy around the time of Hitler's rise to power in Germany. The novel was first published in 1934, as a series of five pamphlets of less than 1,000 copies each.

The novel consists of found images from Victorian encyclopedias and novels, cut up and re-organized into 182 montages which represent a kind of dark, surreal world. One such image includes a series of bird-men fleeing an unidentified terror, a giant hand reaching out of a window above.


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