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dialogue with André Breton (with the object containing specific echoes of the mysterious Nadja, subject of Breton’s book, and Luca’s readings clearly influenced by Breton’s text “Equation of the found object” incorporated into L’Amour fou). A final pair of objects, only one of them illustrated, trigger a premonition of an earthquake which duly takes place that night. The remaining, slightly longer segment of the book — “Le vampire passif” proper — begins to slip from the more controlled tone of the presentation of the O.O.O., and towards more unpredictable registers and descriptions. Sorcery, dream, phantoms, death and above all a hallucinatory libidinal energy are all invoked in this second text, but its actors are often not so much individual people — who, along with Luca’s dissolving sense of identity in his writing, seem to fade in and out of reality — as things: Objects, those mysterious suits of armour beneath which desire awaits us, nocturnal and laid bare, these snares made of velvet, of bronze, of gossamer that we throw at ourselves with each step we take; […] objects, this catalepsy, this steady spasm, this ‘stream into which one never steps twice’ and into which we plunge as into a photograph; objects those philosophers’ stones that discover, transform, hallucinate, communicate our screaming […].41 More surrealist objects by Luca, this time not described or analyzed but present just as photographs, intersperse the text — such as one itself titled Le vampire passif and featuring what appears to be a bronze neoclassical sculpture of an androgynous torso and head, laid prone upon a larger metal hand; little naked celluloid dolls fan out from behind it, two unidentified dark circular forms are placed close by, and a pair of pipettes suck at the figure’s face. The final section of Le vampire passif describes an intense but fateful encounter between Luca and a woman, Déline, that is marked by — but it turns out apparently manipulated by — exchanges of such objects.

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Luca, The Passive Vampire, op. cit., 71.

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