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[Libro] Surrealismo y anarquismo – Proclamas surrealistas en Le Libertaire


Selección, presentación y notas de PLÍNIO AUGUSTO COELHO.

La presente obra se inicia con dos importantes ensayos sobre el surrealismo, ensayos que permitirán una mejor comprensión de uno de los acontecimientos más significativos de la vida cultural y política de Francia en la década del 50: la estrecha colaboración entre surrealistas y anarquistas, principalmente a través de la participación semanal de los surrealistas en Le Libertaire, periódico de la Federación Anarquista, que se extendió durante quince meses.
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So strong is the belief in life, in what is most fragile in life – real life, I mean – that in the end this belief is lost. Man, that inveterate dreamer, daily more discontent with his destiny, has trouble assessing the objects he has been led to use, objects that his nonchalance has brought his way, or that he has earned through his own efforts, almost always through his own efforts, for he has agreed to work, at least he has not refused to try his luck (or what he calls his luck!). At this point he feels extremely modest: he knows what women he has had, what silly affairs he has been involved in; he is unimpressed by his wealth or his poverty, in this respect he is still a newborn babe and, as for the approval of his conscience, I confess that he does very nicely without it. If he still retains a certain lucidity, all he can do is turn back toward his childhood which, however his guides and mentors may have botched it, still strikes him as somehow charming. There, the absence of any known restrictions allows him the perspective of several lives lived at once; this illusion becomes firmly rooted within him; now he is only interested in the fleeting, the extreme facility of everything. Children set off each day without a worry in the world. Everything is near at hand, the worst material conditions are fine. The woods are white or black, one will never sleep.

Manifesto of Surrealism


André Breton

Preface for a Reprint of the Manifesto (1929)

It was to be expected that this book would change, and to the extent that it questioned our terrestrial existence by charging it nonetheless with everything that it comprises on this or that side of the limits we are in the habit of assigning to it, that its fate would be closely bound up with my own, which is, for example, to have written and not to have written books.
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