July 27, 2011

The Approximate Man of TristanTzara

Published in 1931, L'Homme Approximatif (The Approximate Man) is a pivotal text in the work of Tristan Tzara. Written between 1925 and 1930, this poem is at the crossroads of the revolutionary Dadaist period and the Surrealist growth. One can find in this work, without punctuation or capitalization, the struggle of the author : a desire to reclaim the language to better fight a civilization that restricts men, prevents them to overtake theirs limits. The man he described is approximate in the way that he is thrown at random in the world, inaccessible to himself as to others, uncertain of the meaning of his life, yet passionate.The goal of the poem is to imagine a new man who lets intuition and spontaneity guide him through life.
je parle de qui parle qui parle je suis seul
je ne suis qu'un petit bruit j'ai plusieurs bruit en moi
un bruit glacé froissé au carrefour jeté sur le trottoir humide
aux pieds des hommes pressés courant avec leur morts autour de la mort qui étend ses bras
sur le cadran de l'heure seule vivante au soleil
Currently, la librairie Loliée offers : 
  • Tzara (Tristan). L'Homme approximatif. Paris, Editions Fourcade, 1931, in-8, Bradel binding, plats, original covers. First edition. Limited to 510 copies, this one on  "vélin bibliophile".

July 07, 2011

Jules Supervielle : a quiet strenght

Jules Supervielle (1884-1960), raised between France and Uruguay, is a man between the two worlds, both in his life and in his work. Contemporary of the Surrealists, he does not adhere to the movement, rejecting the too much emphasis given to unconscious writing. His poetry iwants to be humanist, in a simple and transparent way, and mixes everiday life with a marvellous aprehension of scenery.  Childhood and death are two recurring themes of his work (he lost his parents in a tragic accident while he was still a baby). His early writings are influenced by a Larbaud or Laforgue. He develops a quiet lyricism that addresses the great mysteries of the universe with humility. Poetry, stories, theater : his work breaks with conventional models while maintaining a commitment to accuracy and delicacy in his use of language.

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :
  • Les poèmes de l'humour triste. Ornés de dessins inédits par Messieurs André Favory, André Lhote et Dunoyer de Segonzac. Paris, la Belle Edition, 1919, tall in-8. First edition with original illustrations. Limited to 315, this one on Arches paper. 
  • Le Survivant. Paris, Gallimard, 1928, in-4 tellière. First edition. One of the 110 copies in-quatro tellière. 
  • Boire à la source. Confidences de la mémoire et du paysage. Paris, Editions Corréâ, 1933, in-12. First edition.
  • L'Arche de Noé. Paris, Gallimard, 1938. Press copy with a dedication to the French writer Yves Gandon.
  • Oublieuse Mémoire. Paris, Gallimard, collection "Métamorphoses", 1949, in-12, broché. Edition originale. Mention fictive d'édition. 
  • Shéhérazade. Comédie en trois actes. Paris, Gallimard, 1949, in-12. Editin originale. Un des 8 premiers exemplaires sur Hollande. 
  • Premiers Pas de l'Univers. Contes. Paris, Gallimard, 1950, in-12. First edition. One of the 15 first copies on Holland paper.
  • Le Voleur d'enfants. Comédie en trois actes et un épilogue. Paris, Gallimard, 1949, in-12. First edition. One of the first 8 copies on Holland paper.  

July 01, 2011

Eccentric Sensoriality : last book of the Dadaist Raoul Hausmann

Founder of the Dada movement in Berlin, Raoul Hausmann (1886-1971), born in Vienna, is one of the first signatories of the Manifesto. His art, described as degenerate by the Nazis - he then left Germany to settle in France, is first experimental. Hausmann builds a poetry made up of sounds and onomatopoeia that he theorizes in the text "Optophonetics" (published in the journal "MA" in 1922). He has been the first to practice the art of collage, combining texts, fragments taken in the press, drawings and photographs. Based in Limoges in 1944, Hausmann will remain there till his last days .
Published in 1970 in a bilingual edition, Eccentric Sensoriality  is the last book written by Hausmann. It presents two major texts : the reprint of "Optophonetics" and therefore "Sensoriality eccentric" an essay in which the Dadaist has a pessimistic view of the modern civilization. He attacks the Homo sapiens who invented the capitalist dictatorship and limited knowledge to a purely materialistic level . Violent critique of progress, this utopic work hopes for the advent of a new man with an "eccentric sensoriality", a mental energy transcending the limits of the body and mind.
The book is illustrated by Jefim Golyscheff (1897-1970), Ukrainian painter and composer based in Berlin in 1909. Friend of Raoul Hausmann from the very beginning of Dada, he will take his distance from the movement in 1922 to get closer to the Bauhaus. Forced to flee the Nazi Germany, he moves to Spain and Brazil. He comes back in France in the 60's.

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers : 
  • [GOLYSCHEFF (Jefim)] – HAUSMANN (Raoul). Sensorialité excentrique 1968.69 précédée de  Optophonétique 1922. Cambridge, Blackmoor Head Press, collection « OU » 1970, in-4 in leaves, red illustrated folder, black case noir with, on the first cover, a collage made with a photographic portrait of the author, the name of the author and the number of the book.  First edition. Bilingual text. English version translated by Jean Chopin. Limited to 440 copies, one of the first 40 copies on « Hayle » paper signed by the author and with 2 original silkscreens numbered and signed by Jef Golyscheff.