René Crevel


Born
in Paris, France
August 10, 1900

Died
June 18, 1935

Influences
Surrealism, Dada, Diderot


Crevel was born in Paris to a family of Parisian bourgeoisie. He had a traumatic religious upbringing. At the
age of fourteen, during a difficult stage
of his life, his father committed suicide
by hanging himself. Crevel studied English at the University of Paris. He met André Breton and joined the surrealist movement in 1921, from
which he would be excluded in
October 1923 due to Crevel's homosexuality and Breton's belief that the movement had
been corrupted. During this period, Crevel wrote novels
such as Mon corps et moi ("My Body
and Me"). In 1926, he was diagnosed
with tuberculosis which made him start using morphine. The 1929 exile of Léon Trotsky persuaded him to rejoin the surrealists. Remaining
faithful to André Breton, he struggled
to bring
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“Straight lines go too quickly to appreciate the pleasures of the journey. They rush straight to their target and then die in the very moment of their triumph without having thought, loved, suffered or enjoyed themselves. Broken lines do not know what they want. With their caprices they cut time up, abuse routes, slash the joyous flowers and split the peaceful fruits with their corners. It is another story with curved lines. The song of the curved line is called happiness.”
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“No daring is fatal. The whole logic of the universe is contained in daring, in creating from the flimsiest, slenderest support.”
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“Already a system is being constructed that explains our perpetual solitude: if we remain alone among those who were supposed to be like us, it is because we cannot find any creature spontaneous enough. No one capable of equaling our primal states and enriching our existence with some magnificent and brutal enchantment.

I am alone in a covered gallery.”
René Crevel, My Body and I

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