Ghérasim Luca


Ghérasim Luca, born in Bucharest in 1913, was considered by Gilles Deleuze as "the greatest living poet in France". When still young, he acquainted himself with German philosophy and psychoanalysis and collaborated in various Romanian Surrealist groups and revues. In 1952 he moved to Paris, where he continued to write poems, draw and make collages which he called "cubomanias". Over the years he became well known for his 'stuttering' reading style and often included recordings with his books. In 1994, at 80 years of age, he delivered several manuscripts to his publisher, then went and leapt into the Seine from the same bridge as his friend Paul Celan. He left behind a note which stated: "In this world there is no longer a place for poets."

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