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Fig. 5. Gherasim Luca, Dusk, object from Le vampire passif (Éditions de l’Oubli, 1945). Private collection, Paris.

Its making sets in train a difficult conflict with Luca’s wife, charged with constructing the object, and the analysis of the work shifts from a Freudian reading of desire and onanism to a less expected numerological interpretation that turns Dusk into a portent of the death of Brauner’s father. The Letter L on the other hand, whose genesis is described in detail, is formed from the body of a doll, covered in newspaper clippings of riddles, with a second doll’s head slung between its legs that has razor blades thrust into its scalp and eye. Once again made using chance processes that are then taken as psychologically-charged, divinatory or magical signs, Luca reads La Lettre L as standing in for a missing

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Gherasim Luca Centenary Issue  

Essays and reflections in English and French on Romanian surrealist Gherasim Luca, including Luca's own texts and art. Also featuring rumi...

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