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Liberty or Love!

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"In those days, my door was open to mystery." So speaks the hero of Desnos' novel: Sanglot the Corsair. Mystery, the marvellous, a city transmuted by love, Sanglot's pursuit of the siren Louise Lame, such are the essential ingredients of this the last masterpiece of early Surrealism to remain untranslated into English. It was originally published in 1924 to immediate and l ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published May 28th 1994 by Serpent's Tail (first published 1927)
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Nate D
For one of those strange breaths of early surrealism that came out of the era of "sleeping fits" -- essentially automatic writing seances -- of the early 20s, this is a an unusually organized and beautiful piece of writing, keeping my attention at novel length where lesser works lose me within three pages. Clearly Desnos was a master at tapping into his subconscious at will (as the detailed account of introduction attests), its mysteriousness and urgency setting this easily above Benjamin Peret' ...more
Guilt
this is what i thought of said book:

true love never regrets, it never holds resentments, it believes in the eternal flux of life, it knows that everything, everywhere, into infinity and out changes- that nothing is ever the same, therefore nothing can remain except that which has never remained before.
yes, i understand.
one of my favorite activities to perform nowadays is that of 'staring into space', and i would do it all the more if it wasn't for the public who condemn such things as 'wastefull
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stenopelmatus
"La libertad o el amor" es una obra en la que la historia no tiene precisamente un trama tradicional, sino una mescolanza de poesía, ensayo, trama, acción, no trama, enredo de ideas, todo y nada. (Ahora comprendo lo que los críticos se referían con 'escritura automática' de Robert Desnos.)

Leerlo no fue pesado ni tedioso, fue más bien un poquito decepcionante, ya que me esperaba otra cosa. No sé por qué tenía la impresión de que sería parecido a "la muerte feliz" de Albert Camus. (Pero nada que v
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Quinn Slobodian
Hmm. Trippy. A bit iffy in the s/m'ier parts - fully-realized fantasies of whipping entire boarding schools of teenage girls. Etcetera. Desnos was part of Andre Breton's Surrealist crew in 1920s Paris (he died just after his release from Buchenwald) so it's recommended if you like passages like this: "She passes. A trapper approaches her, loaded with sealskins. He asks her if she knows Mathilde, but she does not. He gives her a homing-pigeon and each of them follow divergent paths. In the labora ...more
Andrew
Probably the best French surrealist novel that I've read.
Nathalie
Aug 16, 2007 Nathalie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I believe the most beautiful text of surrealism.
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