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Edition 69

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Launched in 1931 by Jindřich Štyrský, Edition 69 consisted of six volumes of erotic literature and illustration that followed the path marked out by Louis Aragon's Irene's Cunt and Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye. Including the first Czech translation of Marquis de Sade's Justine and Pietro Aretino (both illustrated by Toyen), three volumes were from contemporary Czech ...more
Paperback, 1st paperback, 137 pages
Published May 27th 2020 by Twisted Spoon Press (first published November 1931)
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Disturbing and astounding Czech surrealism: It is always reasonable to expect that surrealists, with the reliance on dream states as texts, will produce unsettling texts, which is just what they do here. The authors, Nezval and Štyrský, were members of a circle of interwar Czech artists who became the core of Czech surrealism, heavily influenced by the Parisians. This short book is made up of five elements, three of which are heavily interrelated, originally published in subscriber only editions ...more
Nate D
Oct 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nate D by: Twisted Spoon Press
Read surreptitiously during Jury Duty this morning. Originally published as two editions (of 69 each, of course) of a six-folio series in the early 1930s, these were part of artist and publisher Jindřich Štyrský's answer to the censorship of the recently Czech-translated Les Chants de Maldoror et autres textes: the private proliferation of surrealist erotica. I bought this as it's the only other prose work by fantastic Valerie and Her Week of Wonders author Vítězslav Nezval, and his section, tak ...more
Jul 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am totally hooked to the pleasure that is reading Czech surrealism.
Lukáš Palán
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Zatímco Štýrského Emílii jsem četl už dříve a ještě doteď mi sem tam radostí ustřelí trochu semene z penisu, Nezvalovo Sexuální Nocturno pro mě bylo novým kouskem a musím říct, že jsem si při čtení docela živě dokázal vybavit, jak jsem v Třebíči chodil kolem kurev a otáčela se mi kudla v kapse. V jeho podání je výlet do bordelu nezapomenutelný a já si na oslavu tohoto excelentního, sugestivního díla zaonanuji.

Právě teď. Když to čtete.
Sep 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Štyrský artwork is fucking amazing. Talk about an underrated brilliant fucking artist! The book design is also gorgeous as is the content. If you like strange space sex collage this book is for you.
Jason Mashak
Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exquisite & erotic Czech surrealism, compliments of Twisted Spoon Press.
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