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Les Eboueurs Ne Sont Plus en Grève

Maccheroni, Henri. Thirion, André

(Paris). 1973
An excellent copy of André Thirion's polemic pamphlet responding to Georges Hugnet's critical review of Thirion's own memoir 'Révolutionnaires sans Révolution'.

From the edition limited to 60 numbered copies on papier vélin chiffon signed by Thirion in pencil and with the original etching signed and numbered in pencil by Henri Maccheroni.

This pamphlet was issued by André Thirion in response to Hugnet's review of his old friend Thirion's memoir 'Révolutionnaire sans Révolution'. Hugnet published 'A Propos de Révolutionnaires sans Révolution', in his edition of collected essays and journalism 'Pleins et Déliés' in 1972. Hugnet had accused Thirion of self-aggrandisement, megalomania and of being little more than an impostor. Thirion in the present work accuses Hugnet of similar traits, writing and telling 'contrevérités notoires', finding 'la lucidité dans le vin rouge!' and adds: 'Georges Hugnet doit au Surréalisme son importante collection et une petite notoriété'. As Jean Petithory notes: 'La postérité donnera raison à l'un ou l'autre'.

Maccheroni's original etching, on a sheet larger than the pamphlet itself, is numbered at lower left, signed at lower right and titled beneath (all in pencil): 'Visage en forme de Hugnet'. Printed in black against an orange background, the etching shows the pubic area of a woman with legs crossed, the bottom of the etching is inscribed in the plate 'GRANDE BARBE' with one thigh inscribed 'OEIL DROIT, the other 'OEIL GAUCHE' while the area where her legs cross is inscribed 'NEZ'; Maccheroni's implication is explicit and seems at odds with his wider oeuvre which most usually demonstrates a tender affection for its object(s).
[2 bifolia including wrapper + inserted leaf with etching]. Small 8vo. (200 x 140 mm). Front wrapper with title, justification with Thirion's signature verso and Thirion's text with an original signed etching by Henri Maccheroni loosely inserted as frontispiece; sheet size for Maccheoni's etching: 210 x 138 mm. Original publisher's printed wrappers stapled as issued with titles in black to front cover.

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