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Marseille-New York, 1940-1945: A Surrealist Liaison
Marseille-New York, 1940-1945: A Surrealist Liaison
By Bernard Noël, edited by André Dimanche
Abner Schram, 1986, 142 pp
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A retelling of the now almost mythical story of the poets, painters and writers (many of them Jewish) who escaped from Paris to Marseille after the fall of France in 1940, and from there were smuggled out through the efforts of Varian Fry and the Emergency Rescue Committee. Thus it was that André Breton and his entourage arrived in New York in 1941 and launched Surrealism in America. This is a wonderful documentation of that story, with a text in both French and English, and superb illustrations.