Bucharest: Infra-Noir, 1947. Octavos (17.5 × 13 to 28 × 21 cm). Original printed wrappers; ca. 8 pp. per issue. Housed in recent cloth portfolio with leather spine label, in individual archival folders. Fragile, with light soil to wrappers and chipping to spine extremities; labels of a private library to spines (Circolo Delle Arti "Le Grazie" Milano); overall good or better.
Complete collection of all eight titles issued under the auspices of Infra-Noir, the most important voice of the Romanian Surrealist movement in the immediate post-war period. Each volume consists of 8 pages of prose, verse, notes, and a few illustrations. The provocative Romanian surrealist group included the writers and artists Gherasim Luca, Dolfi Trost, Gellu Naum, Paul Paun and Virgil Teodorescu. All had participated in the Bucharest avant-garde of the 1930s and were increasingly “drawn to surrealism, thanks partly to the example of the painters Victor Brauner and Jacques Hérold who were to spend extended periods as members of the Parisian surrealist group. In 1938, Luca and Naum followed them to Paris, and though their stay was cut short by the outbreak of war they had seen enough to enable them to take the decision to found a Romanian surrealist group. Though the new group would be totally unable to publish or exhibit during the war years, and immediately found all contact with surrealists abroad severed, it nevertheless led an active secret existence, and developed a number of highly original theoretical and formal directions which both extended and radicalized European surrealism of the 1930s” (Krzysztof Fijalkowski: “Ghérasim Luca: Reinvent Everything”), culminating in the present publications. Their activity ceased once the Communists attained power later in 1947.
The titles included in this collection are:
Luca, Gherasim. Amphitrite: Mouvements sur-Thaumaturgiques et non-Oedipiens.
Teodorescou, Virgil. La Provocation.
Teodorescou, Virgil. Au Lobe du Sel.
Paun, Paul. Les Esprits Animaux.
Paun, Paul. La Conspiration du Silence.
Trost. Le Plaisir de Flotter: Reves et Délires.
Trost. Le Meme du Meme.
Each printed in a run of 500 copies.
Book ID: 51339