HENEIN, GEORGES. “Jean Damien”. Qui est Monsieur Aragon?



8vo. Original paper covers. Covers chipped with slight loss. From the library of the English Surrealist and bibliophile John Lyle with his bookplate.


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Georges Henein (1914 – 1973) was an Egyptian surrealist author.

Born in Cairo in 1914, son of a coptic diplomat father and an Italian mother, Henein studied in Europe, where he befriended André Breton and Henri Calet. In 1933 he became a columnist in Egytian newspapers, notable for his juicy, enlightening or nasty tone.

Back from Paris in the 30’s, he spread surrealism in Cairo by founding the group Art et Liberté (Albert Cossery was a member), and then by creating the journal (and publishing house) La Part du Sable with poet Edmond Jabès and painter Ramsès Younane. He participated in the journal Troisième Convoi (1945–1951), created by his friend Michel Fardoulis-Lagrange and Jean Maquet. In Paris, he co-directed the surrealist liaison office “Cause”, but in 1948, he withdrew from the Surrealist movement, while still publishing his poems in Phases journal. In the 60’s, he got involved in journalism, in charge of Third World issues for the news magazines Jeune Afrique and L’Express.

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Publisher: Editions Masses.
Format: Paperback
Date: 1945
Place: Cairo
Edition: First edition
Book ID: 023426

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