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My Body and I

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Published: June 2005

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ISBN: 9780974968094 eISBN: 9781935744030
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“Without René Crevel we would have lost one of the most beautiful pillars of surrealism.”

—André Breton

 

“The works that Crevel left us indicate that he was one of the most original, gifted French novelists of the century.”

San Francisco Bay Guardian

 

“Crevel remains one of the most readable Surrealists…His liquid language tumbles along, powered by his strong descriptions, by his love of Freudian wordplay—rarely is a cigar just a cigar.”

Publishers Weekly

Book Description

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 imagination. The narrator’s Romantic mind moves from evocative tales to frank confessions, making the reader a confidant to this great soul trapped in an awkward-fitting body. A Surrealist Proust.

Without René Crevel we would have lost one of the most beautiful pillars of surrealism.

André Breton


Crevel remains one of the most readable Surrealists...His liquid language tumbles along, powered by his strong descriptions, by his love of Freudian wordplay—rarely is a cigar just a cigar.

Publishers Weekly


The works that Crevel left us indicate that he was one of the most original, gifted French novelists of the century.

San Francisco Bay Guardian


Crevel actually wrote only a single sentence: the long sentence of a feverish monologue from the pen of a Proust who dipped his biscuit laced with LSD into his tea, instead of the unctuous madeleine.

Angelo Rinaldi, L'Express


This is an astonishing capture of Crevel's most memorable text: funny, sad, spilling over, and unputtable down.

Mary Ann Caws


He will be read more and more as the wind carries away the ashes of the ‘great names’ that preceded him.

Ezra Pound


Check out these photos of Crevel and his Surrealist friends:

Tristan Tzara, Paul Eluard, Andre Breton, Hans Arp, Salvador Dali, Yves Tanguy,  Max Ernst, Rene Crevel, Man Ray

 

From left to right: Tristan Tzara, Paul Éluard, André Breton, Hans Arp, Salvador Dalí, Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, René Crevel & Man Ray, 1933.

Four Surrealists

 

Andre Breton (l) talks with Rene Crevel (second from right), while Salvador Dali (second from left) and Paul Eluard (r) look on. | Located in: Bibliotheque d’Art et d’Archeologie, Fondation Jacques Doucet, Paris, France.