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THEORY OF THE GREAT GAME: WRITINGS FROM LE GRAND JEU. Dennis Duncan. Atlas Press, London, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 192 pp. with 28 ills. 19 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781900565677 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: This book collects the writings of a radical group of writers close to Paris Surrealism--principally Rene Daumal and Roger Gilbert-Lecomte--as published in their now legendary magazine, Le Grand Jeu (The Great Game). Le Grand Jeu ran to three issues between 1928 and 1930, before collapsing due to its editors' infighting, drug use and vehemently unreasonable aspirations for both art and life. The Grand Jeu is often associated with Surrealism (they were invited to join the group), but their ideas were far more extreme. The magazine was the public face of a group of artists and writers who systematically attacked their perceptions of reality through narcotics, anaesthesia and near-death experiences. Le Grand Jeu describes a politico-mystical outlook which combined a critique of the apathy and repression of contemporary Western society with a quest to take leave of the individual ego and to reconnect with a collective Universal Mind.
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Worldwide Number: 813089
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