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Surrealist, Lover, Resistant

by Robert Desnos

Bilingual English / French edition

Translated and with an introduction by Timothy Adès

Part of our Arc Classics: New Translations of Great Poets of the Past series edited by Jean Boase-Beier

This extensive and wide-ranging selection is taken from three collections of the poetry of one of France's most exciting writers of the twentieth century, the surrealist Robert Desnos. Hailed as the 'prophet' of the Surrealist movement by André Breton, Desnos was a hugely influential figure across all art forms at the time, and yet today his work is completely underrepresented in the English language. The present volume of nearly 300 poems seeks to redress the balance, moving from youthful, light-hearted material to full-blown surrealism, from poems full of anguish and torment to delightful love poetry, and from whimsical, humorous verses to some of the great poem sequences of the Nazi Occupation period when Desnos was an active resistant.

ISBN pbk 978-1906570-69-9
ISBN hbk 978-1906570-95-8
ISBN ebk 978-1908376-77-0
Published June 2017

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