Investigating Sex: Surrealist Discussions, 1928-1932 by José Pierre

By José Pierre

In January 1928, the surrealists initiated their extraordinary “researches into sexuality” with a chain of round-table conversations related to key figures akin to André Breton, Yves Tanguy, Louis Aragon, guy Ray, Max Ernst and Antonin Artaud. The transcripts, in all their extraordinary and engaging aspect, are provided the following. whereas there's lots of humor—not it all intentional—the audio system have been attempting scrupulously to checklist each element of sexual love, cataloging personal tastes and positions, caliber and volume. This publication is a distinct ancient list of sexual perform and ethics; a basic textual content for knowing the surrealist circulate and, for all its idiosyncrasies, a rfile that also keeps a rare power at the present time.

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