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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Arcane 17 is the title of a French novel by André Breton. In 1944, André Breton and Elisa Claro traveled to Gaspésie in Québec, Canada, where he wrote Arcane 17, a book which expresses his fears of World War II, describes the marvels of the Rocher Percé and the northeastern end of North America, and celebrates his newly found love with Elisa.

It is a surrealist text, of which the major motif is Percé Rock and his newly wed wife Elisa Bindhoff. A recurring metaphor is Melusine.

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"Love, only love that you are, carnal love, I adore, I have never ceased to adore, your lethal shadow, your mortal shadow. A day will come when man will be able to recognize you for his only master, honoring you even in the mysterious perversions you surround him with. "




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