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 In the Realms of the Unreal.  Reviews here.

This profile of the fantasy writer and artist Henry Darger, whose life’s work was discovered in a small room in Chicago after his death, in 1973, makes for a compelling and somewhat disturbing entertainment. The documentarian Jessica Yu spent years putting together the pieces of Darger’s masterwork-a fifteen-thousand-page illustrated novel about a child-slave revolt in a far-off world. The illustrations are fascinating and twisted (mostly naked little girls painted as hermaphrodites), and Yu animates several of them while Darger’s text is read, giving life to a bizarre story. Like many eccentrics, Darger expressed his madness through art. -Bruce Diones Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

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