Robert Desnos

Robert Desnos (* 4. July 1900 in Paris; † 8. June 1945 in Theresienstadt), was a French poet, writer and a journalist.

The young writer pushes 1919 approximately to that Paris Dadaisten around Tristan Tzara, André Breton, Paul Eluard, Philippe Soupault, max Ernst and Francis Picabia. It engaged itself particularly in the so-called “time of the sleep conditions” for the study of the unconscious one. Robert Desnos worked at the magazine of the Surrealismus, La Révolution Surréaliste, (12 numbers 1924-1929), particularly with dream minutes. By André Breton it is in accordance with-eat-regulated in the second communist manifesto of the Surrealismus 1930 and answers to it with a contribution in the anti- Breton lampoon Un Cadavre (a Kadaver) (of contributions of Georges Ribemont Dessaignes, Georges Bataille, Jacques Prévert, Georges Limbour, Roger Vitrac, Antonin Artaud, Philippe Soupault, André Masson). Since the break with the Surrealismus he worked as a journalist. Starting from 1940 it was in the French resistance movement Résistance and 1944 by German crew power was arrested. In several camps arrested it dies 1945 in Theresienstadt.


  • La Liberté ou l'amour (1929)
  • Corps et biens poems 1921-29 (1930)

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