The Passive Vampire

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Originally published in 1945 by Les Editions de l'Oubli in Bucharest, The Passive Vampire caught the attention of the French Surrealists when an excerpt appeared in 1947 in the magazine La part du sable.

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Luca, whose work Gilles Deleuze much admired, attempts here to transmit the 'shudder' evoked by such texts as Andre Breton's Nadja and Mad Love, probing with acerbic humor the fragile boundary between objective chance and delirium.

Impossible to define, The Passive Vampire is a mixture of theoretical treatise and breathless poetic prose, personal confession and scientific investigation - it is a collection of 'objectively offered objects,' a category created by Luca to occupy the space opened up by Breton. At times taking shape as assemblages, these objects are meant to capture chance in its dynamic and dramatic forms and illuminate the nearly continual equivalence between our love-hate tendencies and the world of things.

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Author Gherasim Luca
Publisher Twisted Spoon Press
Page Count 140pp
Publication Size 7" x 8"
Publication Notes Paperback
Publication Date 1945 / 2008
ISBN 978-8086264318

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