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Plume is an anthology of prose poetry, published in 1938 by Henri Michaux (though the first version had been composed in 1930). It is composed of thirteen chapters and the tales present themselves as very short récits (a couple of pages at the most), featuring the grotesque, surreal and rocambolesque "adventures" of protagonist Plume.

The name Plume (French for feather) refers to the lightness of its character, a character without thickness nor will, who floats with the events at hand.

According to Michaux, Plume got his name from Edgar Allan Poe's short story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether. The character Plume and his adventures is furthermore very reminiscent of Loss of Breath, another short story by Poe.

Plume was Michaux's personal favorite work.



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