Ernst made two short collage novels in 1922. Between 1929 and 1934 he made three much longer ones, each relying on cut-up nineteenth-century engravings. This de-luxe version of ‘A Week of Kindness’ contains five original etchings alongside 182 collages. By the careful and economical use of collage, Ernst produced surprisingly plausible, nightmarish images. The visual consistency in both the base images and in Ernst’s manipulation results in the suggestion of a narrative, even if its meaning is obscure. The original intention had been to publish seven volumes, one for each day of the week. However, due to financial constraints it was published in five parts, with three days compressed into the final volume.