Louis Aragon Et Al - Declaration 1925

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    Modern History Sourcebook:

    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 this revolution.


    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 material hammers!


    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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