Dada & Surrealism
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Mad Love
André Breton
"I have wanted to show above all what precautions and what ruses desire takes, in search of its object and evading it." – Andre Breton
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Manifestoes of Surrealism
André Breton
Presents the essential ideas of the founder of French surrealism.
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Essential Poems and Writings of Robert Desnos
Robert Desnos, Mary Ann Caws
Robert Desnos (1900-1945) was one of the primary poets and writers of the Surrealist movement of 1924-1930. He wrote, and collaboratively wrote, many influential and celebrated books. Besides poetry, Desnos wrote on a wide range of subjects from film texts and criticism to novels. During WWII he became a poet of the resistance...
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A Book of Surrealist Games
Mel Gooding
Surrealism is far more than some dead art movement: it is also a collection of tools for perceiving and representing the world in ways that transcend normative perspectives. This delightful little book is packed with word and image games that...
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Constellations of Miro, Breton
Paul Hammond
During the early days of the Second World War, the Catalan painter Joan Miro created a startling series of twenty-three gouaches, his Constellations, works redolent with the nightmare of contemporary events. In 1958 the French poet Andre Breton...
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The Shadow and its Shadow
Surrealist Writings on the Cinema
Paul Hammond
Here is a classic collection of writings by the Surrealists on their mad love of moviegoing. Forty-odd theoretical, polemical, and poetical essays document Surrealism's scandalous and nonreductive take on film. The essayists include such names as...
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'Pataphysics
A Useless Guide
Andrew Hugill
Of all the French cultural exports over the last 150 years or so, 'pataphysics—the science of imaginary solutions and the laws governing exceptions—has proven to be one of the most durable. Originating in the wild imagination of French poet and playwright Alfred Jarry and his schoolmates, resisting clear definition, purposefully useless...
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The Supermale
Alfred Jarry
"The act of love is of no importance, since it can be performed indefinitely." With that remark, the gentleman adventurer Andre Marcueil sets into motion an outrageous plot of scientific experiments and technological heroism focused on author...
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Maldoror and Poems
Comte de Lautréamont
In forty years of reading fiction as an adult, this is the single most disturbing piece of literature I have ever come across. An influential text for the surrealists, Maldoror was published in 1869, one year before the author's death, at age 24! —Recommended by Jeff, City Lights Books
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Dada Painters and Poets
An Anthology, Second Edition
Robert Motherwell
The Dada Painters and Poets offers the authentic answer to the question "What is Dada?" This incomparable collection of essays, manifestos, and illustrations was prepared by Robert Motherwell with the collaboration of some of the major Dada figures: Marcel Duchamp, Jean Arp, and Max Ernst among others.
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Laure
The Collected Writings
Laure (Colette) Peignot
Laure (1903-1938) was a revolutionary poet, masochist Catholic rich girl, and world traveler. Toward the end of her life she became the lover of French writer Georges Bataille. Her writings and her real life story were remarkable in their violence...
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The Big Game
Le grand jeu
Benjamin Péret
The first full length translation into English of Peret's Le Grand Jeu (The Big Game, first published in 1928). Benjamin Peret (1899-1959) was one of the founders of Surrealism (with Andre Breton and Louis Aragon). The Big Game was Peret's best known work of the time and is still in print in France 80 years later.
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The Emperor of China, The Mute Canary & The Executioner of Peru
Three Plays
Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes
This volume collects three savage plays from the man André Breton designated as one of the only "true Dadas" (alongside Tristan Tzara and Francis Picabia): The Emperor of China (1916), The Mute Canary (1920) and The Executioner of Peru (1928). The first two have long been acknowledged as highpoints in the Dada movement's contribution to...
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That Dada Strain
Jerome Rothenberg
The title of Jerome Rothenberg's newest collection suggests jazz, blues, and above all the Dada Movement in European art and poetry in the years immediately following World War I. Following the title section is 'Imaginal Geographies,' a group of poems that draw largely on the poet's private self, his own language and perceptions...

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