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La Priere du soldat



Author Pierre Unik
People cited Georges Clemenceau, Henri Poincaré, Jonathan Swift


This handwritten text by Pierre Unik of 1929 was published in twelfth issue of The Surrealist Revolution.

This “Soldier’s Prayer” published anonymously in the twelfth and last issue of The Surrealist Revolution is most certainly from the hand of Pierre Unik, of whom we can recognize the style, and who was 20 years old in 1929. In his letter, themes of revolution and sexuality are mixed with a sense of rebellion against “the social class in which I was born.” Two major themes of Surrealism around 1930 intersect—two themes that don't hold up, as the 1932 rupture will show, when Unik follows Aragon in his secession.[Atelier André Breton site, 2005]

Handwritten manuscript signed, undated [1929].
Handwritten text by Pierre Unik in response to the investigation on love published in the last issue of The Surrealist Revolution in 1929, published without a signature. The absence of signature, or the idea of the author as an external correspondent could be a way to convey antisocial sentiments.
“The survey on love, enough to make bastards laugh, the barracks for me, it’s a strange epoch… Besides the absurd, repugnant, revolting side of military duty, the boredom of it all could be used as a test to judge a man.”
This text by Pierre Unik was published in issue n°12 of The Surrealist Revolution. [Auction catalogue, 2003]


Creation datesd [1929]
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4 pages in-4°

Physical descriptionMs - encre noire
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 1130
CategoriesManuscripts, Surrealists Manuscripts
Set[Journal] La Révolution surréaliste
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