A Revolution in Consciousness: Dolfi Trost’s Visible and Invisible

An introduction to and abridged translation of Romanian Surrealist Dolfi Trost’s 1953 book Visible et Invisible. Trost was part of a semi-clandestine and infrequently studied Bucharest Surrealist group; his book is about forming a new kind of revolutionary collectivity on the basis of what he calls a self-regarding or “cosmic” consciousness” made manifest within certain forms of dreams, as well as on the basis of a “spiritually heightened schizophrenia.” Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari were attentive readers of his work, and I place the translation in the context of their anti-oedipal and schizoanalytic theories.

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