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By Enrique Vila-Matas, Anne McLean, Thomas Bunstead

A reader’s fictional travel of the artwork and lives of a few of the good 20th-century Surrealists

An writer (a model of Vila-Matas himself) provides a quick “history” of a mystery society, the Shandies, who're captivated with the concept that of “portable literature.” The society is completely imagined, yet during this rollicking, intellectually playful e-book, its participants comprise writers and artists like Marcel Duchamp, Aleister Crowley, Witold Gombrowicz, Federico García Lorca, guy Ray, and Georgia O’Keefe. The Shandies meet secretly in flats, motels, and cafes in every single place Europe to debate what nice literature rather is: short, now not too critical, penetrating the depths of the mysterious. We witness the Shandies having adventures in desk bound submarines, underground caverns, African backwaters, and the cultural capitals of Europe.

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Hipalène, Acetile, Somnothai. ” To realize suicide in the process of writing. What came into the world as an ironic comment ended up becoming a principle agreed upon by all members of the secret society. It was very clear, from then on, that suicide could only be realizable on paper. Antonin Artaud, for example, responded in this way to a surrealist inquiry, where those interrogated had to give their opinion on the subject of taking one’s life: “But what would you say to an anterior suicide, one which made you retrace your steps, not to the side of death, but to the other side of existence.

This fourth and final phrase—the only one not constructed with words subject to the realm of coincidence—acquired a magical meaning for Picabia, who believed he saw in Port Actif (homonym for the French word portatif, meaning portable) a revelation, this word cryptically linking Duchamp’s dream with the Russian’s message and pointing him toward Port Actif, an African village situated at the mouth of the River Niger. After not a little difficulty, Picabia managed to convince four of his friends—Duchamp, Ferenc Szalay, Paul Morand, and Jacques Rigaut—of the absolute necessity of setting sail for the coast of Nigeria.

Whatever it was, he wrote these inept verses dedicated to Rigaut’s barbiturates: “Phanodorme, Variane, Rutonai. Hipalène, Acetile, Somnothai. ” To realize suicide in the process of writing. What came into the world as an ironic comment ended up becoming a principle agreed upon by all members of the secret society. It was very clear, from then on, that suicide could only be realizable on paper. Antonin Artaud, for example, responded in this way to a surrealist inquiry, where those interrogated had to give their opinion on the subject of taking one’s life: “But what would you say to an anterior suicide, one which made you retrace your steps, not to the side of death, but to the other side of existence.

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