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A Surrealist Manifesto:
The Declaration of January 27, 1925
With regard to a false interpretation of our enterprise,
stupidly circulated among the public, We declare asfollows to the
entire braying literary, dramatic, philosophical, exegetical and
even theological body ofcontemporary criticism:
We have nothing to do with literature; But we are quite capable,
when necessary, of making use ofit like anyone else,
Surrealism is not a new means or expression, or an easier one,
nor even a metaphysic of poetry. It isa means of total liberation
of the mind and of all that resembles it.
We are determined to make a Revolution.3.We have joined the word
surrealism to the word revolution solely to show the
disinterested,detached, and even entirely desperate character of
We make no claim to change the mores of mankind, but we intend
to show the fragility of thought,and on what shifting foundations,
what caverns we have built our trembling houses.
We hurl this formal warning to Society; Beware of your
deviations and faux-pas, we shall not miss asingle one.
At each turn of its thought, Society will find us waiting.7.We
are specialists in Revolt. There is no means of action which we are
not capable, when necessary,of employing.
We say in particular to the Western world: surrealism exists.
And what is this new ism that isfastened to us? Surrealism is not a
poetic form. It is a cry of the mind turning back on itself, and it
isdetermined to break apart its fetters, even if it must be by
Bureaus de Recherches Surralistes,
15, Rue de Grenelle
Signed: Louis Aragon, Antonin Artaud, Jacques Baron, Jo
Bousquet, J.-A. Boiffard, Andr Breton, JeanCarrive, Ren Crevel,
Robert Desnos, Paul laurd, Max Ernst, et al.
Source: Maurice Nadeau, The History of Surrealism, Cambridge:
Belknap Press, 1989, pp.240-41.
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