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Handwritten notes made by Breton during his stay in Martinique and published in Pour la victoire in New York in February 1942.

‘Troubled Waters,’ this precise and well-documented section of Martinique charmeuse de serpents constitutes a kind of hapax in Breton's work, an exciting foray into the realm of the documentary not unlike the ‘Passage du panorama’ in Aragon's Paris Peasant. This ambition is based on methodical work mainly carried out in 1941 during Breton's first stay on the island. The notes gathered here and which appear here in their raw state allow us to specify its phases, making the central figure of the planter Aubéry, chosen by the poet to embody the corruption of the island, appear more and more clearly. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005]

Handwritten manuscript, sd [1941].
- 8 independent pages in-18 from Breton’s notebook written in green ink, a handwritten text relating to proceedings brought against Eugène Aubéry by the tax authorities in Fort-de-France, Martinique, as well as to the consequences of the volcanic eruption of Mont Pelé in 1909. (Œuvres complètes, volume III, Eaux troubles, extracts from pages 396 and 397). [sale catalogue, 2003]

*This entry was translated from the French by Michael Richardson.


- André Breton, (Édition de Marguerite Bonnet avec la collaboration de Philippe Bernier, Marie-Claire Dumas, Étienne-Alain Hubert et José Pierre), « Eaux troubles », Martinique charmeuse de serpents, Œuvres complètes, tome III, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1999, pages 385-398.

Creation datesd [1941]
Bibliographical material

8 in-18° independent pages from a handwritten notebook in green ink.

Date of publication 1941
Physical descriptionMs - encre bleue
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2230
CategoriesAndre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[AB's Manuscripts] Miscellaneous Manuscripts
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