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In My Body and I (Mon Corps et Moi, 1925), René Crevel attempts to trace with words the geography of a being. Exploring the tension between body and spirit, Crevel’s meditation is a vivid personal journey through illusion and disillusion, secret desire, memory, the possibility and impossibility of life, sensuality and sexuality, poetry, truth, and the wilderness of the ima ...more
Paperback, 145 pages
Published May 2nd 2005 by Archipelago (first published 1925)
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Eddie Watkins
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: french-fiction
For many of us, that is those of us who seriously think on things, the greatest problem to overcome in life is the activity of our own brains; not political corruption or poorly paid jobs or gas pains or the daily bastards we encounter, but the sparkings of our own grey matter. Our brains dictate the tenor of our lives. They can create prisons and paradises and everything in between. They are the worlds we each live in and are in continuous flux, but within this flux are inherent tools to alter ...more
Skyelis Tyler
oh my god. you ever feel like you've already read, or at least heard of and contemplated, every good book you'll ever read in your life? maybe working in a bookstore did that to me. but this! this book! where had it been all my life? i'd never heard of it, and yet from the first sentence to the last i was stunned and overjoyed by both its substance and its style, amazed that somebody had written, and so well articulated, all those thoughts that play out like fireworks in my mind at my darkest mo ...more
Miah
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I am obsessed with Rene Crevel, and this book in particular. If you're going to read Rene Crevel, start here instead of with 'Putting My Foot in It' which has some laborious humor at times. This little book isn't meant to display the Surrealists' trademark "black humor", but is instead a somber contemplation of solitude and the nature of human bonds. It's also poetry. It's also an entreat to suicide. It's also a chronicle of despair, disappointment, and the more painful facets of the human exper ...more
Castela
"A felicidade nascerá dos golpes desferidos ou dos golpes recebidos? E a infelicidade dos que não foram desferidos, dos que não foram recebidos. Estranha pergunta para fazermos a nós próprios com as pálpebras fechadas, quando viemos pedir a mais íntima e solitária das metamorfoses ao sol de junho, ao ar dos glaciares. Ai de mim! Um corpo exige sete anos para se renovar. A montanha, essa, muda insensivelmente de cor. Mas de que valem os símbolos de um alpinismo primário e reconfortante, se esta n ...more
Brian
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Rare are those who will help me discover something of myself." Here is a meditation on solitude and the human condition. This anti-novel contains some of the most profound musings ever written; Crevel does trace the contours of the body, the "geography of the body" in words that are devoid of substance and meaning. When I first decided to read this work, I immediately discarded it and shoved it back into the empty slot on my shelf. Its abstruse and difficult pages were hard to comprehend and (r ...more
Sonia
Feb 14, 2011 is currently reading it
I pulled this off my shelf today instead of dozens of other unreads, mainly because it fits into the pocket of my duffel coat. It is great--someone aptly called him one of the accessible surrealists--and full of current interest since I am almost the age Crevel was when he committed suicide.
Brook Miscoski
Aug 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dorks
An introspective work by a very suicidal author. It has its ups and downs but I like the way he observes objects and people.
Michael A.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sober psychological examination on the subjects of solitude and depression among ruminations about bisexuality. Beautiful writing every other paragraph or so.
Howard
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: europe, odd-style
This is a semi-storyless inner narrative of the troubled author written in 1925, just ten years before committing suicide at 35 – a readable prose-poem which orbits around human pairings and life. It is a surrealist version of Pessoa’s ‘The Book of Disquiet’ - unlike Breton quite enjoyable and readable. Without much psychology (and before I checked online) it is evident from the style that Crevel was troubled by his sexuality (Apparently he had problems with others in the surrealist movement). I ...more
ralowe
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
le sigh. sparse self-flagellating opulence, written in 1925. the drama ensues: will rene onan or not? will rene off himself or not? emo-to-death "erotic" vaguebooking with an algebraic equation and a prayer, two of my favorite moments. i guess everyone was on that stream-of-consciousness tip around then, this reads like vanity-incarnate poetry in paragraphs. apparently this queer anarchist was very cute and i guess that's all that really matters to me. crevel deserves a merciless spanking.
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dangerous rationalization of suicide
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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 homosexualit
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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.”
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