In January 1928, the surrealists initiated their remarkable 'researches into sexuality' with a series of round-table conversations involving key figures such as Andre Breton, Yves Tanguy, Louis Aragon, Man Ray, Max Ernst and Antonin Artaud. The transcripts, in all their bizarre and fascinating detail, are presented here. While there is plenty of humor - not all of it intentional - the speakers were trying scrupulously to record every aspect of sexual love, cataloguing preferences and positions, quality and quantity. This book is a unique historical record of sexual practice and ethics; a fundamental text for understanding the surrealist movement and, for all its idiosyncrasies, a document that still retains an extraordinary vitality today.
Jose Pierre was a playwright, novelist and art historian. He belonged to the postwar Paris surrealist group that formed around Andre Breton. He was a member of Actual, an archive for the dissemination of the secret history of surrealism.