The Declaration of January
regard to false interpretation of our enterprise,
stupidly circulated among the public;
We declare as follows to the
entire braying literary, dramatic, philosophical,
exegetical and even theological body of contemporary
1.) We have nothing to do
with literature; But we are quite capable, when
necessary, of making use of it like anyone else,
2.) Surrealism is not a new
means or expression, or an easier one, nor even a
metaphysic of poetry. It is a means of total
liberation of the mind and of all that resembles
3.) We are determined to make a
4.) We have joined the word surrealism
to the word revolution solely to show the
disinterested, detached, and even entirely desperate
character of this revolution.
5.) We make no claim to change the mores
of mankind, but we intend to show the fragility of
thought, and on what shifting foundations, what
caverns we have built our trembling houses.
6.) We hurl this formal warning to
Society; Beware of your deviations and faux-pas,
we shall not miss a single one.
7.) At each turn of its thought, Society
will find us waiting.
8.) We are specialists in Revolt. There
is no means of action which we are not capable, when
necessary, of employing.
9.) We say in particular to the Western
world: surrealism exists. And what is this
new ism that is fastened to us? Surrealism is not a
poetic form. It is a cry of the mind turning back on
itself, and it is determined to break apart its
fetters, even if it must be by material hammers!
Bureaus de Recherches
15, Rue de Grenelle
Signed: Louis Aragon, Antonin Artaud,
Jacques Baron, Jo� Bousquet, J. -A. Boiffard, Andr�
Breton, Jean Carrive, Ren� Crevel, Robert Desnos, Paul
�laurd, Max Ernst, et al.
[Source: Maurice Nadeau, The History of Surrealism
(Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1989),
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