Jacques Vaché and the Roots of Surrealism: Including Vaché's War Letters & Other Writings
The decade that gave the world Krazy Kat, Rube Goldberg, and Buster Keaton also marked the emergence of Jacques Vache. A bold jaywalker at the crossroads of history, and an ardent exemplar of freedom and revolt, Vache challenged all prevailing values, from church and state to white supremacy, and was especially gifted at the fine art of ridiculing the dominant ethics and aesthetics of the emerging age of imperialism. Conscripted into the French Army in World War One, he soon became not only the unsurpassed champion of "Desertion from Within," but also the master of "Disservice with Diligence." His post-humous slim book,War Letters (1919)--included in the present volume--is a classic of surrealiste anti-militarism and subversion. Renowned as the Inventor of Umour (Humour without the H), Vache was--along with Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautramont--the major inspirer of Andre Breton and the surrealist revolution. The first of its kind in English, this book chronicles Vaches boundless originality, creative nonconformity, revolutionary morality (or umoral-ity), and his all-out turn-the-world-upside-down hilarity.
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