One of the favorite themes of the French surrealists was love, particularly the ability of love to overcome reason. One of the most striking examples of this is in a scene from Desnos’s prose work Deuil pour Deuil. Desnos places the narrator in a desert city of uninhabited ruins along a river. “Despite our anxiousness, no one, no one at all, came to us,” the narrator says. The “us” implies that somebody is with him, although later in the poem he admits that he “was always alone in reality.” The narrator blindly searches for love. “Strange...
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