Speech given in Cahors supporting world government
Author André BretonPeople cited Georges Altman, Claude Aveline, Claude Bourdet, John Boyd Orr, Albert Camus, Garry Davis, Kobloth Decroix, Camille Drevet, Pierre Girard, Jean Hélion, Martin-Chauffier, Benoîte Monnier, Louis Rosen, Roser, Robert Sarrazac, Jean Bruller, dit Vercors, Richard Wright, Jean Paulhan, Octavio Paz, Raymond Queneau
Manuscript and typescript of a speech given by André Breton on 24 June, 1950.
Moving from an ‘accursed time’ to a ‘regenerated time’: the beginning of this speech, delivered in Cahors in June 1950, can be read in two ways. For Breton, it is first of all a question of registering his refusal of the world order in place since the Liberation, and affirming his hope, admittedly not as strong as it was at the time he was writing Arcane 17, in a regeneration of which the ‘Citizen’s of the World’ movement, even if he had taken some distance from it, could spearhead. But one may also intuit a secret echo of the real discovery made on this trip to Cahors: that of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, the small village in the Lot where Breton and Elisa would soon buy a house. [André Breton Workshop website, 2005]
Hand-written manuscript signed and typescript, 24 June, 1950.
- 4 pages in-4°, handwritten, signed in green ink by Breton and dated, concerning the attempt by Robert Sarrazac to make ten French departments ‘global’. Numerous erasures and corrections.
- 8 pages in-4° typescript. A few erasures and corrections:
‘To visit Cahors from Paris is much more than having moved a few hundred kilometres in space... it is to have passed from a kind of cursed time... to a time that, if it hasn’t regenerated, at least carries within it the very living seed of its regeneration.’
(Oeuvres complètes, Tome III, Inédits II, pages 1118-123). [catalogue of the sale, 2003]
- Cahors, Musée de Cahors Henri-Martin, La Maison de verre, André Breton, initiateur découvreur, 20 September - 29 December 2014.
- André Breton, « Allocution à Cahors (juin 1950) », Inédits II, Œuvres complètes, Paris, Gallimard, bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Tome III, p. 1118 à 1123, et p. 1471.
- Musée de Cahors Henri-Martin, La Maison de verre André Breton initiateur découvreur, Paris, Éditions de l'Amateur, 2014, p. 40-41
|Creation date||24 juin 1950|
- André Breton, ‘Speech given in Cahors (juin 1950) ‘Inédits II, Œuvres complètes, Paris, Gallimard, bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Tome III, pp. 1118-23, and p. 1471.
- Musée de Cahors Henri-Martin, La Maison de verre André Breton initiateur découvreur, Paris, Éditions de l'Amateur, 2014, p. 40-41.
|Date of publication||1950|
|Physical description||Ms et Ts - encre verte et crayon noir|
|Breton Auction, 2003||Lot 2322|
|Keywords||Garry Davis Affair, Speeches, Work notes, Politics, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, manuscript|
|Categories||Manuscripts, Andre Breton's Manuscripts|
|Set||[AB's Manuscripts] Miscellaneous Manuscripts|
|Exhibitions||Allocution pour la mondialisation , André Breton, The House Of Glass|