Edition 69

Author(s): Frantisek Halas, Vitezslav Nezval, Jindrich Styrskì
ISBN13/Barcode: 9788086264110
One of the most sustained and important forays into self-published Surrealist erotic writing and illustration.

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Launched in 1931 by Jindřich Štyrský, Edition 69 consisted of six volumes of erotic literature and illustration that followed the path marked out by Louis Aragon’s Irene’s Cunt and Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye. Including the first Czech translation of Marquis de Sade’s Justine and Pietro Aretino (both illustrated by Toyen), three volumes in the series were from Czech avant-garde artists, and these were all illustrated by Štyrský himself, who also contributed the text for the series' final volume. Brought together here in original English translations, Edition 69 comprises: Nezval’s “Sexual Nocturne”; Halas’s erotic poetry collection “Thyrsos”; and Štyrský’s “Emilie Comes to Me in a Dream,” including the original postscript from psychoanalyst and fellow Surrealist Bohuslav Brouk. For each, Štyrský chose a different technique for the artwork, from pen and ink drawings to graphic collages to pornographic photomontages. Influenced by Max Ernst’s collage-novels, André Masson’s illustrations, and the book as object, Štyrský’s overall conception for the Edition 69 series rank it among the notable achievements of European Surrealism, representing as well a sustained attempt by the interwar Czech avant-garde to investigate the taboos of bourgeois culture.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9788086264110
ISBN10 8086264114
Author Frantisek Halas, Vitezslav Nezval, Jindrich Styrskì
Binding Paperback
Date Published 27 May 2020
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 140
Publisher Twisted Spoon Press

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