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André Breton

For such a mind, it is a little like the conviction with which a person drowning reviews, in less than a moment, all the insuperable events of his life. I do not believe in the imminent establishment of a surrealist model. The translators of this edition were finalists of the National Book Awards in the category of surreailsm. They will order them about, so adnre speak, and whenever observation, reflection and the power of generalisation prove of no assistance to you, be assured they will credit you with a thousand intentions you never had.

It is because human beings, when they cease to sleep, are above all the playthings of memory, and memory in its normal state takes pleasure in re-tracing the events of dreams only feebly, depriving the latter of all real importance, and distancing the sole determinant from the point where it thinks, several hours later, that it brrton left: And I say nothing of the poetic consciousness of objects I have been able to acquire through spiritual contact with them a thousand times brston.

In the final analysis, it’s not such a bad thing for these images to upset the mind, for to upset the mind is to put it in the wrong. Since that day, I have had occasion to concentrate my attention voluntarily on similar apparitions, and I know they are fully as clear as auditory phenomena.

Theatre, philosophy, science, criticism would all find themselves there.

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It is not up to me to favor one group over the other. Brenton’s mind is quite evidently a fascinating place. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Dostoevski, Crime and Punishment. It scarcely dares express itself and, if it does, it confines itself to verifying that such and such an idea, or such and such a woman, has made an impression on it.

Surrealist Manifesto Surrealist automatism Surrealist cinema Surrealist music Surrealist techniques Surreal humour Women surrealists Dada Abstract expressionism Paranoiac-critical method. He is under the impression of continuing something that is worthwhile. And anyway, isn’t what matters that we be the masters of ourselves, the masters of women, and of love too? Preface for a Reprint of the Manifesto Sometimes artists want to take the chaos of the outside world and attempt to make it appear normal realism.

I will not pursue, however briefly, the marvellously detailed account of my years and days. Here are some characters varying widely in appearance: Our brains are dulled by the incurable mania of wanting to make the unkown known, clarifiable” 9. By the same token, we possess at any moment only a single distinct configuration of reality, whose coordination is a matter of will.

It is hard to exaggerate the importance and the relevance of this book and the greatness of it’s author, Andre Breton.

And ask me, who could not prevent myself writing the disturbing serpentine lines of this preface. The first sentence will arise spontaneously, it being the case in truth that each second there is a sentence, unknown to our conscious thought, which only asks to be externalised.

It is up to us not to abuse it in any serious manner. Is that to say that at that moment his power of thought is stronger?

All in all, Soupault’s pages and mine proved to be remarkably similar: Man proposes and disposes. I would dive in, convinced of finding my way through a maze of lines which at first sight seemed to be heading nowhere. I am only apart from what resembles you, on the high seas, where the bird called Heartbreak gives its cry that raises the pommels of ice of which the stars of day are the broken guard.

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Breton, Andre (–) – First Manifesto of Surrealism

This should be of no importance to you, however; to a large extent, this is what is most interesting and intriguing about the Surrealist game. Through Surrealism he will take despair unawares in its poverty. I believe in the virtue of birds. It is living and ceasing to live which are imaginary solutions. surreaalism

Manifestoes of Surrealism

It may be argued that this school-boy description has its place, and that at this juncture of the book the author has his reasons for burdening me. It becomes conscious of limitless expanses where its desires are made manifest, where for and against are constantly diminished, where its obscurity does not betray it.

Prove that it deserves to be taken seriously, don’t complain that it hasn’t been. You may recall how convincingly our old friend Nodier told us of his misfortune in being guillotined during the Revolution; we were so convinced by it, we asked him how he had managed to set his head back on his neck again.

That same imagination that knows no limits, is never permitted to be exercised except according to arbitrary laws of utility; it is incapable of assuming this inferior role for long, and at about the age of twenty, prefers, in general, to abandon Man to his unilluminated destiny.