ARRABAL, Fernando [Author]; BALTAZAR, Julius [Artist]. Cinco Sonetos. Paris: Andre Biren, 1980.
6 folded sheets, (12.5 x 10" unfolded), folded in half to 8vo size, each with a poem and original aquatint signed by the artist in pencil; contained within folded cream card wraps with title printed in black to spine and encased in cream card slip case with painted black design; small stain to spine of card wraps; some minor rubbing to edges of slipcase, else a very fresh copy.
Number 34 of a special edition of 70 numbered copies signed by Fernando Arrabal, and this copy also inscribed by Arrabal to 'Marta' on the inside cover.
Each of the five sonnets are written by Fernando Arrabal, a Spanish playwright, screenwriter, film director, novelist and poet. He has published over 800 poetry collections, and spent three years as a member of André Breton's surrealist group, as a friend to both Andy Warhol and Tristan Tzara. As well as numerous plays, films and poetry books, he made over 700 artists' books in collaboration with Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and Milan Kundera.
At the launch of Spanish Civil War in 1936, Arrabal's father remained loyal to the Republic, and was consequentally sentenced to death for mutiny, a sentence which was later reduced to 30 years in maximum security prisons. It was this experience which led Arrabal to pen his notorious "Letter to General Franco" during the dictator's reign, in which he wrote:
"Pain pervades not only your life as a politician and soldier, but even your recreation.
You paint shipwrecks; your favorite sport is slaughtering rabbits, doves, fish.
Your biography is full of corpses."
The letter was never answered.