Unposted Letters

January 2015
30 colour, 150 black and white illustrations
408 pages
28x21 cm
ISBN: 9789076168760
Format: Paperback
Gaberbocchus & De Harmonie
BISAC ART016030, ART015110

Unposted Letters

Correspondence, Diaries, Drawings, Documents 1940-1942

Franciszka Themerson, Stefan Themerson

Edited by Jasia Reichardt

Letters, diaries, drawings and official documents tell the wartime story of Franciszka and Stefan Themerson, artists, writers and film-makers.
In 1938 Franciszka and Stefan Themerson moved from Warsaw to Paris. Who were they? They made avant-garde films in Poland in the 1930s. She was a painter, he was a writer. Why did they go to Paris? Because Paris was the centre of the art world, and as Stefan said: "if one wrote, painted or made films, one had to be in Paris".

When the war broke out, they volunteered for the Polish Army. Stefan stayed in France, Franciszka escaped to London with the Polish Government in Exile. They were separated until the summer of 1942. 150 of their letters survive, as do 150 telegrams, Stefan's diaries, official documents, and Franciszka's drawings, which she called 'Unposted Letters', and which provide the title of this book.

The documents in this beautifully produced and illustrated book articulate the inner life of two remarkable individuals borne on an erratic current of events over which they had no control. In London, they made two more films. And after the war, they founded the Gaberbocchus Press and published books by Alfred Jarry, Kurt Schwitters, Bertrand Russell among others, as well as their own, startlingly original works.

Benelux: De Harmonie, Amsterdam

Table of Contents

About Unposted Letters
After 1942
The God of the Croix-Rousse
The Investigation
Themeerson & Themerson: a Coda
Appendix and Notes
Colophon & Acknowledgements