Complete summary of André Breton’s Manifesto of Surrealism. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Manifesto of Surrealism. Andre Breton discusses the meaning, aims, and political position of the Surrealist movement. Manifestoes of Surrealism has ratings and 58 reviews. Manifestoes of Surrealism is a book by André Breton, describing the aims, meaning, and political .

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There is a great deal more to be said, but in passing I simply wished to touch on a subject which would alone necessitate a long, altogether more rigorous, discussion: It is a pity that violation of the laws governing the Press is today barely acted against, for if that were not the case, we would soon see a trial of this kind: The value of the image depends on the beauty of the spark obtained; it is, consequently, a function of the difference in potential between the two conductors.

Man, that inveterate dreamer, more and more discontented day by day with his fate, orbits with difficulty around the objects he has been led to make use of, those which indifference has handed him, or his own efforts, almost always his efforts, since he has consented to labour, at least he has not been averse to chancing his luck what he calls his luck!

The avant-garde had already expressed manifeesto discontent with Realist and Naturalist fiction which resulted in the inception of the schools of Expressionism and Symbolism.

I enjoy these stupid confessions.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is also the great weakness of a book that it is in a constant battle with its finest, by which I mean its most exacting, readers. An surrealjsm temptation, she. Madness is genius and boring and dull equals dumb. With a pencil and a sheet of blank paper to hand, I could easily trace their outlines.


Breton, Andre (–) – First Manifesto of Surrealism

This phrase echoes Breton’s apprehension of Surrealism as the juxtaposition of “two distant realities” united to create a new one. When will there be sleeping logicians, sleeping philosophers! Second Manifesto of Surrealism But the image eluded me. Incapable of failure, one will triumph among failures. Breton’s influence on the art and literature of the twentieth century has bretton enormous.

Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express — verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner — the actual functioning of thought. Be that as it may, the fact is that the way to these regions is clearly marked, and that to attain the true goal is surrealksm merely a matter of the travelers’ ability to endure.

Manifestoes of Surrealism

That is the quest I am about, certain not to find it, but too heedless of death not to weigh a little the joys of its possession. From the moment that one has come upon its mode of generation and become conscious of its inexhaustible resources, this extraordinary network of sparks leads the mind to have a less opaque image of the world and of itself.

We are all more or less aware of the road traveled.

The absolute rationalism still in fashion only allows us to consider facts directly related to our own experience. In The Monk the “nothing is impossible for him who dares try” gives it its full, convincing measure.

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. Finally, I must admit that the polemics that Breton constantly engaged in through his works, the slandering of his ‘friends’ due to his egotism are the one major drawback of this selection from his works.


I do not believe in the imminent establishment of a surrealist model.

André Breton

However it is to dialogue that the forms of surrealist language are best adapted. He is free not to care any longer about his age or name. Surrealism is not dead; far from it, for Surrealism has yet to ever be, yet to ever really live. Bretln Surrealist sees and interprets the world from the eyes of the unconscious.

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Oct 26, Alex Obrigewitsch rated it it was amazing. The author seizes on a character, and, this being granted, makes the hero wander about the world. I would be the first to greet the news with joy. Everything suggests that it acts on the mind as drugs do; like them it creates a certain state of dependence and can drive Man to terrible acts of rebellion. The proximity of surrealist with the Russian revolution is known. I age, and more than that reality to which I believe myself subject, it is perhaps the dream, the indifference I show towards it, which ages me.

Men and circumstances commonly modify the ideal train of circumstances, so that it appears imperfect, and their consequences are equally imperfect. With a pen in his fingers and a paper on the desk, he becomes a mere medium of expression.