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Liberty or Love!: Mourning for Mourning


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"Mystery, the marvellous, the city of Paris transmuted by love, and Sanglot the Corsair's pursuit of the siren Louise Lame: these are the essential ingredients of this masterpiece of early Surrealism. It was originally published in 1924 to immediate and lasting acclaim — except from the public authorities who censored whole sections (here restored).
How to describe a novel of such virtuosity and bravura, which never behaves at all as one would expect? Characters appear and vanish according to whim or desire, they walk underwater and nonchalantly accept astounding coincidences. It's a hymn to the erotic, an adventure story illuminated by the shades of Sade, Lautréamont and Jack the Ripper, a dream at once violent and tender, in fact the perfect embodiment of the Surrealist spirit: joyful, despairing and effortlessly scandalous.
Desnos was one of the earliest members of the Paris Surrealist group. His remarkable talents first emerged during the 'Period of Sleeping Fits', when the group was investigating unconscious and trance states. Able to put himself into a trance at will, he would pour out sonnets, prophecies and enigmatic drawings. 'Desnos more than any of us got closest to the Surrealist truth,' wrote Breton in their first manifesto."

Hardcover. Atlas Press, 2012.

Product Code: 9781900565455

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