from Guy Debord

To Marcel Marien[1]
24 October 1954
Dear comrade:

We thank you for the documents and the books by Nougé[2] – almost impossible to find in France – the interest of which will not escape us.

Les levres nues appears to us represent the best current formula for a journal. A text like “Moscow poetry” marvelously illustrates the “avant-garde propaganda” that we also defend.

The Breton-Rimbaud-Lettrist affair[3] is agitating the newspapers in Paris quite a lot. All the notoriously reactionary elements support Breton. The Aragon Press[4] has kept an amiable silence.

Forced to choose by the despicable act, Breton made a brilliant choice. It will now be difficult to ignore the diversionary role that his movement assuredly plays among a certain youth.

Just yesterday we happened to see the [various] responses to an inquiry made by Magritte this past June, among which ours figures.[5] The “majoritarian” tone of this collection surprises us. Magritte was different when we met him in 1952.

Fonds regards,

For Potlatch
G.-E. Debord

P.S. Concerning the Notre Dame scandal, we inform you that Serge Berna, one of the organizers,[6] was excluded from the Lettrist International last year for flexibility of conscience. This ending, coming after the lucrative [religious] conversion of Michel Mourre, unfortunately gives this manifestation a quite suspect history, and so we have had to withdraw our support from it since then.

[1] Marcel Marien (1920-1993), a Belgian surrealist and editor of the journal Les Nevres nues, founded in Autumn 1953.

[2] Paul Nougé (1895-1967), a Belgian surrealist and co-founder of Les Nevres nues. He proposed that Debord and Wolman contribute essays to it.

[3] Cf. Guy Debord, Oeuvres, Gallimard, 2006, pp. 157-163. [This appears to be a reference to the disruption of the centenary of Arthur Rimbaud in 1954.]

[4] Translator: possibly a reference to Louis Aragon.

[5] La carte d’apres nature, June 1954 (the first issues were published as postcards).

[6] Along with Michel Mourre (a former Dominican and the author of a historical dictionary in the 1960s) and Ghislain de Marbaix (a friend of Guy Debord and a future assistant on one of his films).

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol "0": Septembre 1951 - Juillet 1957: Complete des "lettres retrouvees" et d l'index general des noms cites by Librairie Artheme Fayard, October 2010. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! February 2011. Footnotes by the publisher, except where noted.)

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