Jacques Vache and the Roots of Surrealism: Including Vache's War Letters & Other Writings

Jacques Vache and the Roots of Surrealism: Including Vache's War Letters & Other Writings

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Author/Contributor(s): Rosemont, Franklin
Publisher: Charles Kerr
Date: 12/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

The decade that gave the world Krazy Kat, Rube Goldberg, and Buster Keaton also marked the emergence of Jacques Vach̩. A bold jaywalker at the crossroads of history, and an ardent exemplar of freedom and revolt, Vach̩ challenged all prevailing values, from church and state to white supremacy, and was especially gifted at the fine art of ridiculing the dominant ethics and aesthetics of the emerging age of imperialism.

Conscripted into the French Army in World War One, he soon became not only the unsurpassed champion of "Desertion from Within," but also the master of "Disservice with Diligence." His post-humous slim book, War Letters (1919)‰ÛÓincluded in the present volume‰ÛÓis a classic of surrealiste anti-militarism and subversion. Renowned as the Inventor of Umour (Humour without the H), Vach̩ was‰ÛÓalong with Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautr̩amont‰ÛÓthe major inspirer of Andr̩ Breton and the surrealist revolution.

The first of its kind in English, this book chronicles Vach̩'s boundless originality, creative nonconformity, revolutionary morality (or umoral-ity), and his all-out turn-the-world-upside-down hilarity.