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Just prior to the elections, in the first country which deems it worthwhile to proceed in this kind of public expression of opinion, have yourself put on the ballot. Is that to say that at that moment his power of thought is stronger?
We force ourselves into losing out on the richness of life in its infinite variations and differences, its multiplicities of singularities. In the course of the various attempts I have made to reduce what is, by breach of trust, called genius, I have found nothing which in the final analysis can be attributed to any other method than that.
Put yourself in the most passive, or receptive, state you can. The idleness, the fatigue of others does not interest me. Long before the author has freed his main characters from all temporal constraints, one feels them ready to act with an unprecedented pride. When a difference barely exists as in a comparison note the image in the work of Jules Renard no spark is produced. Thus the analysis of the mysterious effects and special pleasures it can produce — in many respects Surrealism occurs as a new vice which does not necessarily seem to be restricted to the happy few; like hashish, it has the ability to satisfy all manner of tastes — such an analysis has to be included in the present study.
I pretend, unfortunately, to act in a world where, in order to take into account its suggestions, I would be obliged to resort to two kinds of interpreters, one to translate its judgements for me, the other, impossible to find, to transmit to my fellow men whatever sense I could make out of them. It is simply that most of the examples those literatures might furnish me with are tainted by puerility, for the sole reason that they are addressed to children.
They clung to them because they failed to hear the surrealist voice, the one that continues to preach at the hour of death and above the storm, because they would not simply serve to orchestrate the marvellous score.
It is in quest of this surreality that I am going Theatre, philosophy, science, criticism would all find themselves there. It aims to free the imagination from the mechanisms of psychic and social repression. Witkovsky, Surrealism in the Plural: My attention, prey to an entreaty which it cannot in all decency reject, treats the opposing thought as an enemy; in ordinary conversation, it “takes it up” almost always on the words, the figures of speech, it employs; it puts me in a position to turn it to good advantage in my reply by distorting them.
On writing them, these elements are, to all appearances, as strange to you as to others, and naturally you are wary of them.
One night on some public platform, all by oneself, one will carve manigesto eternal heaven, that rich carcase. They hold to them because they had not heard the Surrealist voice, the one that continues to preach on the eve of death and above the storms, because they did not want to serve simply to orchestrate the marvelous score. What is true for the publication of a book will also hold sureealism for a whole host of other acts, as soon as surrealist methods begin to enjoy widespread favour. And anyway, isn’t what matters that we be the masters of ourselves, the masters of women, and of love too?
Anre, indeed, hallucinations, illusions etc, are no slight source of pleasure. The Soluble Fisha piece of surrealist fiction, sandwiched between two manifestoes in this book, is a quintessential surrealist work; perfectly embodying the ideas of the grand master.
Manifestoes of Surrealism by André Breton
By definition, thought is strong, and incapable of catching itself in error. I do not believe in the establishment of a conventional Surrealist pattern any time in the near future. How not to be bored any longer when with others. Who has been able to convince him that this faculty of the first draft will only do him a disservice when he makes up his mind to establish more delicate relationships? Why should I not expect more from dream-signs than I expect from a degree of consciousness daily more acute?
To surealism them according to their specific affinities would take me too far afield; what I want to take account of, essentially, is their common virtue. Now, it is not within man’s power, so far as I can tell, to effect the juxtaposition of two realities so far apart.
It is living and ceasing to live which are imaginary solutions. Under the pretense of civilization and progress, we have managed to banish from the mind everything that may rightly or wrongly be termed superstition, or fancy; forbidden is any kind of search for truth which is not in conformance with accepted practices.
This work may be freely reproduced, stored, and transmitted, electronically or otherwise, for any non-commercial purpose. Prove that it deserves to be taken seriously, don’t complain mmanifesto it hasn’t been. He was wholly consumed by and devoted to that sacred fever. The blame for these obvious weaknesses must be placed on suggestions that come to it from without.
Breton, Andre (–) – First Manifesto of Surrealism
It is still the case that punctuation definitely runs counter to the absolute continuity of flow which concerns us, manifest it may seem as necessary as the distribution of nodes on a vibrating string. Feb 24, Philippe Malzieu rated it did not like it.
Lists with This Book. The theater, philosophy, science, criticism would all succeed in finding their bearings there. What if the castle exists!
Manifestoes of Surrealism
And if a character is not a temptation, what is he? It is, as it were, from the fortuitous juxtaposition breron the two terms that a particular light has sprung, the light of the image, to which we are infinitely sensitive. The innumerable types of surrealist image call for classification, a task which I do not propose to attempt here. I will return to it. Firstly, it has not grasped anything consciously. Even so, the first manifesto and the piece of fiction justify their function completely and are a triumph.
My eyes had been open for a long time when I heard the clock in the apartment above strike five. Finally, I must admit that the polemics that Breton constantly engaged in through mamifesto works, the slandering of his ‘friends’ due to his egotism are the one major drawback of this selection from his works. I am willing to admit maanifesto they are, to some degree, victims of their imagination, in that it induces them not to pay attention to certain bretpn — outside of which the species feels threatened — which we are all supposed to know and respect.
The statements made are not, as is usually the case, aimed at developing a thesis, however slight, they are as disinterested as possible. Ceci sans compter les notes de bas de page, d’une longueur proprement interminable. Certainly the manifestations he describes are clearly the same: Leading up totwo rival surrealist groups had formed.
The pieces of paper that Picasso and Braque insert into their work have the same value as the introduction of a platitude into a literary analysis of durrealism most rigorous sort.