The Immaculate Conception

by: Andre Breton and Paul Eluard

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The Immaculate Conception by Andre Breton and Paul Eluard / ISBN 0947757228 / 122-page paperback from Atlas Press (UK, 1990) / Out-of-print, used book in very good condition (no marks inside, light shelfwear, tight and clean)

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Introduced by Antony Melville. Translated by Jon Graham.

Perhaps the most important Surrealist automatic text, The Immaculate Conception (1930) traces the interior and exterior life of man from Conception and Intra-Uterine Life to Death and The Original Judgement. The central section is a celebrated series of “simulations” of various types of mental instability.

Maurice Nadeau (in The History of Surrealism) described the book as “An astonishing series of poems in prose, more brilliant than those of either Breton or Eluard on his own … if all that remained of the Surrealist movement were the pages of The Immaculate Conception, man, alerted, could not turn away from the astounding mystery of his condition.”