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THE PASSIVE VAMPIRE
GHERASIM LUCA


$42.00  
         







Published by Twisted Spoon Press.
133 pages.
Softcover.

Originally published in 1945 by Les Éditions de l'Oubli in Bucharest, The Passive Vampire caught the attention of
the French Surrealists when an excerpt appeared in 1947 alongside texts by Jabès and Michaux in the magazine La
part du sable
. Luca, whose work was admired by Gilles Deleuze, attempts here to transmit the “shudder” evoked
by some Surrealist texts, such as André Breton's Nadja and Mad Love, probing with acerbic humor the fragile boundary between “objective chance” and delirium.

Impossible to define, The Passive Vampire is a mixture of theoretical treatise and breathless poetic prose, personal confession and scientific investigation — it is 18 photographs of “objectively offered objects,” a category created by Luca to occupy the space opened up by Breton. At times taking shape as assemblages, these objects are meant to capture chance in its dynamic and dramatic forms while illuminating the nearly continual equivalence between our love-hate tendencies and the world of things.

        BLUE FLOWER TEXTS, ŌTAUTAHI, 2021