SURREALISM LIVES!

“An erotic tale that undresses genres.”
—Charles Plet 

A fairy tale of surrealist l’amour fou, Lise Deharme‘s Oh! Violette or the Politeness of Plants was originally published by Eric Losfeld in Paris in 1969. Translated from the French by Edith Doove, this Black Scat edition is the book’s first publication in English.

photograph by Man Ray

Lise Deharme (née Anne-Marie Hirtz)  was a French writer associated with the Surrealist movement.  In January 1925, she visited the Paris Bureau of Surrealist Research. As a result of an incident that occurred during her visit, which is recorded in André Breton‘s novel Nadja, she would become known as the “dame au gant,” or the Lady of the Glove. In the late 1930s, Deharme collaborated with Claude Cahun on the book Le Cœur de Pic. After its publication in 1937 Deharme, alternatively, came to be known in the Surrealist circle as “la Dame de Pique”  [the Queen of Spades]. Around this time she was closely connected to Breton, Paul Eluard, and Man Ray. [Source: Wikipedia]

 

Coming in April, 2019