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Leon Trotsky 19381027 A Few Words on Andre Breton

Leon Trotsky: A Few Words on Andre Breton

October 27, 1938

[Writings of Leon Trotsky, Vol 11, 1938-1938, New York ²1974, p. 93]

A few words on Breton. I do not believe that we can demand that he make his literary magazine into a magazine of the bloc. He represents the surrealist school. We don't bear the slightest responsibility for him. In the domain of art, which takes precedence for him, he naturally has the most absolute right to do as he wishes. It is not for us to get involved in artistic tendencies, but to unite them as they are against the totalitarian attacks on art. Any attempt on our part to subordinate artistic tendencies as such to political interests could only compromise us in the eyes of true artists.