JOUVRE, P.J. Heures: Livre de la Nuit.

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JOUVRE, P.J Heures: Livre de la Nuit Geneva, Editions du Sablier, 1919

8vo; Original beige card wrappers with black lettering on the title page which displays issue date and publishers as well as the address of publishers printed to the back cover; pp. [10] 15-131 [3]; edges untrimmed; slight foxing to both end papers; staining to bottom of pp.102-103; otherwise very good.
First Edition with a frontispiece by Frans Masreel
Nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature five times, Pierre Jean Jouve's novel Heures: La Livre de la Nuit begins with the striking first lines, "There is no victory/ There is only dark defeat"; a statement complimented by a moving plate from the famed graphic artist Frans Masreel. After undergoing psychoanalysis in 1928, Jouvre controversially renounced all of his previous material, turning instead to interpretations of Freud. A fierce anti-facist campaginer, Jouve was one of the leading literary voices at the forefront of the French resistence.