For those readers who are in New York, please join Donald Nicholson-Smith and I for a book launch of “On the Poverty of Student Life” (Common Notions, 2022). The event will be held at the Word is Change bookstore at 368 Tompkins Ave in Brooklyn, starting at 7pm.
Deuxième internationale lettriste. 4 p.; 10.5 x 27 cm.; brown wrappers (kraft paper).
First and only publication of the short-lived Deuxième internationale lettriste, which was founded by Jean-Louis Brau, Gil Wolman and François Dufrêne as an offshot of Lettrisme. Includes short, signed texts by Brau (L’Asymptote toujours) and Wolman “(L’Art a posteriori”) and two unsigned texts (“Positions II” and “Eloge d’Isou”). The front wrapper includes the thumbprints of the authors.
See Frédéric Acquaviva (Ed.), Lettrist Corpus: The Complete Magazines (1946-2016), p. 117.
We locate a single OCLC copy at Yale’s Beinecke Library of this decidedly unusual publication.
We are very pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of ON THE POVERTY OF STUDENT LIFE. This new, 376-page edition of the classic pamphlet includes a lot of never-seen before content:
A preface, “The Most Scandalous Pamphlet of This Century,” by coeditor Mehdi El Hajoui
A critical introduction by coeditor Anna O’Meara, where she explores the relationship between the Zengakuren and the SI
An interview with Mustapha Khayati, tracing the origins of the pamphlet and its contemporary resonances (in English and French)
A reflection by Allan Antlif on the Black & Red editions of the pamphlet
A note by Donald Nicholson-Smith on the first English-language adaptation
A facsimile of that adaptation, Ten Days That Shook the University (1967)
An early handwritten draft of the first chapterby Mustapha Khayati
A facsimile of the original French edition, De la misère en milieu étudiant (1966)
A stunning, wide ranging graphic exploration of one hundred editions of On the Poverty of Student Life in twenty or so languages, with their original covers and detailed bibliographical information.
Simply put, a book like this has never before existed. It will surely be embraced by SI enthusiasts new and old, as well as serve as a vital resource for makers and collectors of revolutionary art, and a new generation of student revolutionaries.
A limited number of review copies may be available to those interested in bringing more attention to this work. Feel free to write to Malav Kanuga, editor and publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org with details.