My Last Sigh

The Autobiography of Luis Bunuel

by Luis Bunuel and Abigail Israel

My Last Sigh

Paperback, 256 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $16 | purchase

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2013

Lost And Found: 5 Forgotten Classics Worth Revisiting

I've long loved this strange, slanted little book for its offhand genius and excellent gossip. But I used it to prop up a wobbly table in Calcutta in 2003 and haven't seen it since. It's been reissued, and I'm happy to find it as remarkable as I recall. Like any surrealist masterpiece, it's playful, subversive and (frequently) baffling.

Devoted to protecting the "essential mystery in all things," Bunuel doesn't excavate the past or take us behind the scenes of Belle de Jour (a

Parul Sehgal

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